National Geographic : 1936 Jun
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE KINGFISHERS CAN PLUNGE 50 FEET OR MORE AND SNATCH A SWIMMING MINNOW Familiar citizens of most of the United States are the BELTED KINGFISHERS (lower), which jealously guard their fishing preserves against poaching rivals. Poised on beating wings, the male is about to dive and seize a small fish in his long, sharp bill, while the perched female sounds the characteristic rattling call. Among the small TEXAS KINGFISHERS (upper) styles are reversed, and the male, not his mate, wears the rufous breast adornment. Both kinds nest in burrows in banks, usually not far from a pond or stream.