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Belted Kingfisher

Ceryle alcyon
Photo by http://www.birds.cornell.edu/

Habitat: Lakes, ponds, and rivers, where water is shallow and clear for catching small fish.

Description: Ragged head crest, blue-grey body, white collar, and white underparts. The female has a brown belt across the under belly.

Size: 28-36 cm

Diet: Small fish, tadpoles, aquatic invertebrates

Fun Facts: The Belted Kingfisher builds its nest into the sides of river banks and dirt piles, with the entrance tunnel moving upward to keep water out of the nest. To hunt its prey, it will often be seen perching on a branch over the water, and can dive as deep as 60cm.

Source: W. McGuillivray and G. Semenchuk. Field Guide to Alberta Birds. Federation of Alberta Naturalists

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Tiger Swallowtail
Papilio Canadensis

Habitat: The Tiger Swallowtail can be found throughout Alberta from mid-May to July.  They can most likely be found on hill tops that are covered my Aspen Poplars but they are also frequently seen in urban settings visiting gardens.

Description: A yellow and black butterfly, it can be recognised by the black stripes crossing yellow wings, and of course the small tail coming off the back...

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