Belted Kingfisher

Where do Belted Kingfishers lay their eggs?

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Eggs are laid in a nesting cavity at the end of a long tunnel excavated by the parents in the bank of a river or lake. Sometimes these tunnels are shared with swallows. The swallows dig out small rooms tucked in the tunnel walls. Kingfishers dive headfirst for small fish and return to a branch to eat. Parents drop dead fish into the water to teach their young to dive. These birds are unable to pass bones through their digestive tract and regurgitate pellets of bone after meals.


A group is collectively called a “crown” or a “rattle” of Belted Kingfishers.