Ringed Kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata )

The Ringed Kingfisher is the largest species of Kingfishers that occurs naturally in Costa Rica. It is huge! Like most Kingfishers, it can be found along rivers and streams, perching on low branches and waiting to dive in the look for prey. It could be confused with the Belted Kingfisher, since the general coloration is pretty similar, however the Belted Kingfisher has less rufous on the underparts.

The pictures below were taken during a boat tour in the T√°rcoles River, on June 18th, 2017. The tour was guided by Randall Ortega, an expert birder and owner of Mangrove Birding Journey.


A female individual looking for fish to snatch from the shallows


To get this pose looking to the right was an exercise of patience; this female would look at every angle possible, except this one

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