Predation of a Western Water Shrew (Sorex navigator) by a Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

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Title Predation of a Western Water Shrew (Sorex navigator) by a Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)
Creator Jung, Thomas S
Subject Belted Kingfisher; Megaceryle alcyon; predation; Sorex navigator; Western Water Shrew; Yukon
Description Belted Kingfishers (Megaceryle alcyon) are highly piscivorous and rarely take prey other than fish. Here, I report an observation of a male Belted Kingfisher preying on a Western Water Shrew (Sorex navigator) in a small boreal stream in southwestern Yukon. This observation provides further evidence that Belted Kingfishers will occasionally prey on riparian small mammals when the opportunity arises and points to piscivorous birds as apparently novel predators of shrews.
Publisher The Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
Date 2017-03-29
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer-reviewed Short Article
Format application/pdf
Source The Canadian Field-Naturalist; Vol 130, No 4 (2016); 299-301
Language eng
Rights Copyright (c) 2017 The Canadian Field-Naturalist

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