Ringed Kingfisher /martín pescador de collar (Ceryle torquata)
Status: Locally common resident along watercourses in the Valley. Often heard and seen in riparian corridor in the Falcon Dam area.
Habitat: Riparian woodlands; shade trees on the banks of rivers and resacas.
Best Spots: Estero Llano Grande State Park WBC, Edinburg Scenic Wetlands WBC, Riparian woodlands in the Falcon Dam area, including the World Birding Center’s Roma Bluffs, Santa Margarita Ranch, Salineño and Chapeño, frequently seen at the Yellowthroat loop portion of resaca at Resaca de la Palma State Park
Similar Species: Much larger than Belted Kingfisher (winter resident) with massive bill; extensively rufous on underparts.
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A Birder's Eye View of the Seasons in the Lower Rio Grande Valley
Welcome to a birder’s eye view of the seasons in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Enjoy our annual cycle! The resulting avifauna in deep South Texas is the most diverse north of the Mexican border. The four county area that makes up the lower Rio Grande Valley has recorded over 500 species of birds. This is more species of birds than have been recorded in all but two or three entire states. Small wonder that birders from across the continent make pilgrimages to the region. Happy Birding!
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