CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
Natural History: The Belted Kingfisher's diet primarily consists of small fish, which it dives for from above the water. It will occasionally eat invertebrates, lower vertebrates, and young birds and mice. It is found near water, where it hunts. This bird typically nests in small tunnels excavated in perpendicular banks.
General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species is found near water, particularly near Crissy Marsh, but also along the open coast.
Frequency: This species is common in all seasons except the summer.
Identifying Characteristics: This species has a long, pointed beak, a dark blue head and a white throat with a slate blue chest band. Females have a rust belly band and sides.
Did You Know?
While stationed at the Presidio, the U.S. Army adopted the Coat of Arms of Royal Spain for heraldry purposes. The seal appeared on vehicles, signs, and badges throughout the post.