Ringed Kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata), Roper Lake and Dankworth Pond State Parks, Graham County
This Ringed Kingfisher was
found and photographed by Kelly Wright on 04 October
2018 at Roper Lake and photographed again by Kelly on 11 October 2018
at Dankworth Pond and on 20 November 2018 at Roper Lake, and
was also photographed by Gary Rosenberg on 12 October
2018 at Roper Lake.
If accepted this would be the first record for the
state. Not known from adjacent states. Primarily a
tropical species which occurs on the Pacific Coast of
Mexico as far north as southern Sinaloa. On the east coast
occurs north to south-central Texas. Vagrants have
occured in Louisiana, western Florida, and Oklahoma.
This species has expanded its range in Texas.
Distinctive when seen well. Though Belted Kingfisher can
show extensive rufous flanks the first set of photos
show rufous onto the undertail coverts which should be
white in Belted. On the second and third set of photos
the extensive rufous underparts (including the undertail
coverts) and massive bill clearly identify it as a
Ringed Kingfisher. The white specks to the upperparts
and rufous tinge to the blue breast mean it is an
immature in its first cycle. The rufous underwing
coverts identify this as a female (males have white
underwing coverts); the white breast band indicates
female as well, but may not be reliable in immatures.
04 October 2018, photo by Kelly Wright
11 October 2018, photo by Kelly Wright
12 October 2018, photo by Gary Rosenberg
20 November 2018, photo by Kelly Wright
All photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 05 October 2018