Scientific Name: Megaceryle alcyon
Population Estimate: 2M
Range: Year-round throughout most of the US. Winters down through Mexico and Central America. Summers up into Canada and Alaska.
Field Notes: Typically found on branches above water, where it will swoop down to feed and then return to perch. Medium-sized bird with oversized head and bill. Shaggy blue crest and back. Both males and females have a blue "belt" around their neck, but females also have a rufous belly. Ringed Kingfisher, found throughout Mexico, Central and South America, is larger and more conspicuous with rufous extending to entire belly.