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Ringed Kingfisher Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A heavy-bodied, very large kingfisher, with a thick, daggerlike bill, shaggy crest, fairly long tail, moderately long wings, and short legs.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Belted Kingfisher, smaller than an American Crow.

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    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 11.0-13.8 in (28-35 cm)
      • Weight: 4.9-6.0 oz (140-170 g)
      • Wingspan: 25.0 in (63.5 cm)

Regional Differences

Ornithologists recognize two Ringed Kingfisher subspecies groups: a "Northern" group that ranges from southern Texas to northern Argentina, and a "Patagonian" group found in southern Chile and Argentina.