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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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Acmon Blue
Plebejus acmon

Habitat:  These butterflies love to lounge by mud puddles

Description:  The Acmon Blue is very similar in appearance to the Melissa Blue.  Both species have dull undersides with an orange band and bright blue inner wings.  However the Acmon blue is typically smaller in size and also has orange band across the inside of its hind wing.

Size:  20-25mm

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