An often brightly colored bird with a large head and long sharp beak, typically diving for fish from a perch. Many of the tropical kinds live in forests and feed on terrestrial prey such as insects and lizards.
- Family Alcedinidae: many genera and numerous species, especially the belted kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon), with blue-gray and white plumage and a shaggy crest, found throughout North America.
- There were more stretches through wilderness and spotting shoals of fish, cormorants, cranes, owls, spoonbills, kingfishers, woodpeckers, and a few snakes.
- Like motmots and todies, kingfishers often have brilliant plumage, are largely insectivorous, and nest in cavities that are often excavated in earthen banks.
- The array of birds included a hen harrier, barn owls, kingfishers, sparrowhawks, long-eared owls, kestrels and woodpeckers.
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