Photo: Dull, but a good provider

Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2006

A male belted kingfisher stalks small fish Monday in Auke Bay. His white chest identifies him as a male. The female kingfisher is one of the few North American birds that is more colorful than the male. Kingfishers don't build nests, but use their big bills to dig tunnels in sand and gravel stream banks and lay their eggs in a burrow that may be 3 to 5 feet deep.

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