Belted Kingfisher

Date of our first picture:  September, 2005

Location of our first photograph:  Platte City, MO

Also known as:  (Megaceryle alcyon)

Interesting fact(s):  Belted Kingfishers have been known to share their tunnels with swallows. The swallows dig out small rooms tucked in the tunnel walls.

Additional Information:  http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/61/overview/Belted_Kingfisher.aspx

Comments:  We first found this bird injured on the side of our road. As you can see from the following pictures, this bird had spunk! It didn't matter that it had a broken wing or that you were ten times taller than it -- it would still do its best to show you who was boss!

The sad footnote to this story is that when we took the bird to the Humane Society to see if they could help mend its wing, they killed it. They didn't even ask us first because we legally were not supposed to be in possession of the bird. They claimed that its wing was irreparable and that it was therefore best for it to die. We disagree since the bird was otherwise healthy and eating on its own. Needless to say, we now have much less faith in the Humane Society and are much less likely to seek their assistance in the future.



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