Wilson, Alexander, 1766-1813. / American ornithology; or The natural history of the birds of the United States
Genus XXIV. Alcedo. Kingsfisher [sic]. Species. A. alcyon. Belted kingsfisher [sic], pp. -62
62 BELTED KINGSFISHER. ish colour; above the knee bare of feathers for half an inch; the two exterior toes united together for nearly their whole length. The female is sprinkled all over with specks of white; the band of blue around the upper part of the breast is nearly half reddish brown; and a little below this passes a band of bright reddish bay, spreading on each side under the wings. The blue and rufous feathers on the breast are strong like scales. The head is also of a much darker blue than the back; and the white feathers on the chin and throat of an exquisite fine glossy tex- ture, like the most beautiful satin.
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