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The Texas Kingfisher at New Braunfels, Texas

A. E. Schutze
Publication Information
Journal: 
Condor
Volume: 
6
Issue: 
6 (November-December)
Section: 
From Field and Study
Year: 
1904
Pages: 
172
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The Texas Kingfisher at New Braunfels, Texas

While spending a Sunday at Landa's Park, New Braunfels last June I observed a pair of these rare kingfishers (Ceryle americana septentrionalis) flying about in search of food. While enjoying a boat ride on the lake, I had a good opportunity to observe them. They were always in sight and were constantly uttering their curious call-note, which somewhat resembles the notes of the common kingfisher. Presently one alighted on a dead pecan tree on the margin of the lake and I cautiously approached so as to get a better view, but before I had gotten within viewing distance it was off, and soon again was seen flying down the lake with its mate. This species is considerably smaller than the common kingfisher and is very rare in this locality except at New Braunfels near the springs in Landa's Park. I have never found this species breeding but I am inclined to believe that it still breeds in Comal county, Texas.

A. E. SCHUTZE

Austin, Texas

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