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Merlin Bird ID

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    Belted Kingfisher Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Belted Kingfishers are stocky, large-headed birds with a shaggy crest on the top and back of the head and a straight, thick, pointed bill. Their legs are short and their tails are medium length and square-tipped.

      Relative Size

      Smaller than an American Crow; larger than a Hairy Woodpecker.

      Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 11.0-13.8 in (28-35 cm)
        • Weight: 4.9-6.0 oz (140-170 g)
        • Wingspan: 18.9-22.8 in (48-58 cm)