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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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Striped Skunk
Mephitis mephitis
Black fur with a white stripe running in between the eyes, along the head.  Two stripes run along its back from the neck to the tail, where they become one stripe.  A pair of glands on either side of the anus discharges the smelly liquid skunks are famous for.
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