Belted Kingfisher
(Ceryle alcyon)

Belted Kingfisher
Photo by permission of S. McElhone

Seasons in Walnut Creek: Year round Walnut Creek resident

The Belted Kingfisher is a beautiful waterside bird that lives close to creeks or streams. When they spot a predator they will dive into the water near them. Their main food source is small fish and other creatures living in streams. To find food they will hover above the creek for a while, then dive head first into the water once they are ready to snatch their prey. There are stories of the Kingfisher that tell after Noah released a dove to search for dry land he released a kingfisher, but the bird flew too high, thus the blue back, and too close to the sun leaving red scorch marks on the female bird.

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Walnut Creek Sighting: A Belted Kingfisher was seen along Walnut Creek in mid September.

Belted Kingfisher
Photo by permission of Randy Newman
Belted Kingfisher
Photo by permission of Randy Newman


This page prepared by 8th grader Paul G.
Exploris Middle School - Fall 2008