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I present the first documented record of the Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon in mainland Ecuador. A young male M. alcyon was observed and photographed on the surroundings of Puerto López, province of Manabí, Ecuador in September 2005. A very rare vagrant in mainland Ecuador, M. alcyon was previously known from a single sighting in December 1995. In the absence of strong evidence for the occurrence of M. alcyon in mainland Ecuador, it remains classified as a hypothetical species in all country’s ornithological reference, pending corroborating evidence, which is now provided.
This manuscript contains the first vouchered record of a bird species from Ecuador. A version of this manuscript was submitted to a journal. However, this manuscript contains complete information about the record, and it will serve as a reference to other papers that study bird diversity in the Neotropics.