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Belted Kingfisher

Ceryle alcyon
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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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Silvery Blue
Glaucopsyche lygdamus

Habitat:  The Silvery Blue can be found throughout all of Alberta and is very common in poplar forests and meadows.

Description:  The Silvery Blue is closer to grey than silver on the underside of its wings with blue on the inside.  Each wing was a distinctive row of black spots running across them.

Size:  25-30mm

Diet:  The...

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