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Megaceryle alcyon (Belted Kingfisher)

Synonyms: Ceryle alcyon; Megaceryle alcyon alcyon; Megaceryle alcyon caurina

Wikipedia Abstract

The belted kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) is a large, conspicuous water kingfisher, the only member of that group commonly found in the northern United States and Canada. It is depicted on the 1986 series Canadian $5 note. All kingfishers were formerly placed in one family, Alcedinidae, but recent research suggests that this should be divided into three subfamilies.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
14
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
33
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 11.0668
EDGE Score: 2.49046

Attributes

Clutch Size [5]  7
Global Population (2017 est.) [3]  1,700,000
Incubation [1]  23 days
Water Biome [1]  Lakes and Ponds, Rivers and Streams, Coastal
Wing Span [1]  23 inches (.59 m)
Adult Weight [2]  147 grams
Birth Weight [2]  13.5 grams
Breeding Habitat [3]  Wetlands
Wintering Geography [3]  Widespread
Wintering Habitat [3]  Wetlands, Coastal saltmarshes
Diet [4]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Carnivore (Vertebrates), Piscivore
Diet - Ectothermic [4]  10 %
Diet - Endothermic [4]  10 %
Diet - Fish [4]  70 %
Diet - Invertibrates [4]  10 %
Forages - Understory [4]  10 %
Forages - Ground [4]  10 %
Forages - Water Surface [4]  40 %
Forages - Underwater [4]  40 %

Ecoregions

Protected Areas

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Ecosystems

Biodiversity Hotspots

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap

Predators

Buteo jamaicensis (Red-tailed Hawk)[6]
Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Bald Eagle)[9]
Strix varia (Barred Owl)[6]
Vulpes vulpes (Red Fox)[6]

Providers

Shelter 
Acer saccharinum (silver maple)[6]
Platanus mexicana (American sycamore)[6]
Quercus alba (White Oak)[6]
Salix nigra (black willow)[6]

Consumers

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

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Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Biodome de Montreal
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Distribution

Caribbean; Europe & Northern Asia (excluding China); Middle America; North America; Oceania; South America; Western Michigan University’s Asylum Lake;

External References

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1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at animaldiversity.org
2Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing. Ecology 88:1605
3Partners in Flight Avian Conservation Assessment Database, version 2017. Accessed on January 2018.
4Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
5Jetz W, Sekercioglu CH, Böhning-Gaese K (2008) The Worldwide Variation in Avian Clutch Size across Species and Space PLoS Biol 6(12): e303. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060303
6Study of Northern Virginia Ecology
7Lafferty, K. D., R. F. Hechinger, J. C. Shaw, K. L. Whitney and A. M. Kuris (in press) Food webs and parasites in a salt marsh ecosystem. In Disease ecology: community structure and pathogen dynamics (eds S. Collinge and C. Ray). Oxford University Press, Oxford.
8National Geographic Magazine - May 2016 - Yellowstone - The Carnivore Comeback
9Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
10Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
11International Flea Database
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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