Outdoor Hour Challenge – Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher Bird Nature Study @handbookofnaturestudy

Inside Preparation Work:

  • Read pages 97-99 in the Handbook of Nature Study (Lesson 25). Choose at least three things to observe about the kingfisher. (You can use the videos below if you don’t have a bird to study in person.)
  • Preview the information on the Cornell Bird website for the Belted Kingfisher to glean more thoughts on this interesting bird, noting the distribution map on this page. http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Belted_Kingfisher/id
  • Excellent videos of the Belted Kingfisher on Youtube: Belted Kingfisher perching and Belted Kingfisher calls and eating. Make sure you know what a Belted Kingfisher sounds like: All About Birds. Also, take note of the coloring for both the female and the male Belted Kingfisher.

Outdoor Hour Time:

  • You can look for kingfishers along shorelines and streams. Kingfishers found in America are fish eaters and will hunt from perches above the water. Pay attention to listen for the sound of a Belted kingfisher. If you see a kingfisher, is it a male or female?
  • Even if you don’t have a place to look for kingfishers, use your time outdoors to visit a place where you can find any bird to observe whether it is in your yard, a park, a shoreline, or at a zoo or sanctuary. Get creative and see if you can’t find a kingfisher or another bird to compare to the kingfisher. The Handbook of Nature Study suggests comparing the Belted kingfisher to the Robin.
  • Make sure to closely observe the birds beak, crest, feet, and note its body size.

Follow-Up Activity:

  • The Belted Kingfisher has such a great shape and is fairly easy to draw with its distinct features. Try to sketch it into your nature journal and then record a few interesting facts about this bird.
  • Use any of the notebook pages included in the ebook to record your kingfisher nature journal or any other autumn bird you observe.
  • Advanced Study: Research the nesting habits of the Belted kingfisher. Here is a video of Belted kingfishers building a nest and then a view into the burrow with its eggs: Arkive.org. You can also find information on this page: All About Birds (scroll down to Nesting).
  • There is an advanced notebook page included in the ebook.

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