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Sunday, March 05, 2023
A Burrowing Carnivorous Bird
The enormous head, blue color, and feather crest of the Belted Kingfisher makes these local water birds easy to identify.
Kingfishers are distinct in that they nest in underground burrows that they dig in soft soil in high stream banks. Their den pipes slope uphill for drainage, and are typically 3-6 feet long, ending in a nesting chamber 8-12 inches in diameter and about 7 inches high.