Belted Kingfisher

Ceryle alcyon

Incredibly Belted Kingfishers have reached the Saint Paul three times. The first was collected on August 15, 1968. The second was seen briefly over Pumphouse Lake on August 10, 2003. The third individual was first found on August 21, and remained around the Salt Lagoon and Icehouse Lake until September 1, 2004. A fourth bird was found on Saint George during the fall of 2002. The identification of this species is straightforward as there are no other slate-blue colored Kingfishers that could reasonably occur in Alaska. Belted Kingfishers are sporadic breeders across the Alaskan Peninsula as far west as Unmak Island.