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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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Prairie Onion
Allium textile

Habitat: Abundantly found throughout prairie regions.  Typically found on dry plains and hillsides.

Description: The flowers grow in small clusters at the ends of slender stems, typically white and lily-shaped.  The leaves of the Prairie Onion are long and very narrow.  Like most onions the plant produces a strong aroma.

Size: 8-25cm

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