Comments about a Kingfisher

Just a GMG notification: If you do not read the comments at GMG you are really missing out. The photo of a bird needing identification received twelve comments below. Some of them more than just a little amusing. When you read a post here at GMG make sure to click the comments and say a few words. Or just click it to read the comments. You won’t be disappointed.

[edit] I just added some more new comments. Besides these comments Joey has received 15 emails. Those are people who are obviously oblivious of the ability to comment or are too shy. Don’t be shy, spread the info, make a joke. Is my post about comments dumb? Make a comment in the comments.

  1. That is a great looking bird, not sure what it is…

  2. John R Reilly says:

    It is a Belted Kingfisher !

  3. It’s either a ruby throated, split tail, double breasted mattress thrasher or one of the Belted Kingfishers.

  4. Patty Ball says:

    Yup, a Kingfisher it is!

  5. Nice shot Joe. It’s a Kingfisher, they like to look down on their prey from up high, like at the top of pilings and flagpoles.

  6. Hey is a female Belted Kingfisher. Unlike most species of birds, the female is more brightly colored, with the rufous color on her flanks and belly. Males completely lack rufous feathers. Great capture!

  7. Jenna says:

    Yep, Kingfisher. There was a post on GMG just the other day about them! They hang out here on the Annisquam off Wheeler Point a lot, too.

  8. David Teele says:

    it is a belted kingfisher who is either: very cold or having a bad hair day or just lost an argument with a Van de Graaff generator

  9. whaletale says:

    It is indeed a Kingfisher. reat photo but be careful, the NOAA will want him removed from the area without a proper catch share permit…………………

  10. Kristen Callahan says:

    It’s a female belted kingfisher. She is one of the few females to have the extra stripe on the abdomen. A super photo. They are quick of wing and seldom shot at this quality of photo. Thanks for making a great morning!

  11. Feather’d Friend says:

    It’s a DON Kingfisher!

  12. Becky Bernie says:

    definitely a belted kingfisher

    1. People who don’t read the comments in GMG sure are missing out.

      • Joey C says:

        PAUL, there has been about 15 emails to the GMG email address about the bird. I wonder if those people realize that there is a comment link below the post or if there is some other reason they email me directly instead of leaving a comment.

    2. Kim H-P says:

      Belted Kingfisher for sure. Looks like an immature male according to the Cornell folks-see website-great shot!

Did You Know (Kingfisher)

belted kingfisher resting on a pier in annisquam
Photo by E.J. Lefavour

That the Belted Kingfisher is a common waterside resident throughout North America,  often seen hovering before it plunges headfirst into water to catch a fish. It frequently announces its presence by its loud rattling cry. It is a medium-sized bird with a large head and shaggy crest, large, thick bill, bluish head and back, white throat and collar, white underneath with blue breast band.

I have seldom seen one sitting quietly like this, and generally only know one is around when I hear its raucous cry and then see it flying by or diving into the water.


E.J. Lefavour