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Belted kingfisher (male)
Ceryle alcyon

Size: 13 inches
Overall Color: gray and white
Occurrence: near water
Diet: fish, amphibians, reptiles, insects
Nest: tunnel dug in streambank
Field Identification: large heavy bill, short legs, large head, shaggy crest on back of head
Season: year-round

Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
Phylum: Chordata (hollow nerve cord)
Subphylum: Vertebrata (backbone)
Class: Aves (Birds)
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: 43 Alcedinidae (kingfishers)
Genus: Ceryle
Species: alcyon

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