All photographs were taken by Nathan Collie on location at Old Town.

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Conservation Status

Belted Kingfisher populations have declined in recent years but are still of low conservation concern. They were once hunted, especially near fish hatcheries and trout streams because of the threat they posed to the fish. Now, kingfishers are protected from this by migratory bird laws. However, they are still threatened by issues such as pollution and habitat loss.


Belted Kingfishers commonly occupy areas such as streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, estuaries, and other bodies of water, due to their diet which mostly consists of fish. This habitat must have trees or branches for them to perch on as they search the water for their prey.