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Common Kingfisher




Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) is very brightly colored. They have bright orange underparts with a white bib. The wings are bluish-green. The back, rump and tail are bright blue. Its head is blue with orange marks in front and behind the birdís eyes and a white mark on each side of the head. The legs are short and orange in color. The females can be distinguished by the orange coloration on the lower part of its bill. The wings and tail are relatively short. The bill is long and pointed.

They live around streams, slow-flowing rivers, ponds and lakes. They feed on aquatic insects and small fish, such as sticklebacks. Kingfisher hunts for fish in rivers, lakes and ponds. They perch on a favorite branch near to water and watch out for a suitable fish. When a fish is spotted, the kingfisher will dive, beak first, into the water.



Updated on 7th June, 2005

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