Kingfisher


Kingfisher

The Kingfisher is an exotic jewel like bird that’s found by small rivers & streams in UK. Widespread in central & southern England, less common in the north & Scotland. They can be seen flying low over the water and diving head first into the water for fish.


Identification

Adult
Is small, fast moving, brightly coloured bird. The Kingfisher's upper body is bright blue - green with a vivid blue rump. Their under parts are bright orange - red in colour. Its crown is blue barred black as are its wings. It has a white throat and neck nape.
Size
15-16cm
Bill
Black, straight and thin.
Legs
Red & short
Habitat
The Kingfisher is found by fresh water. Small slow moving rivers and streams are its preference but they have been seen to move to larger rivers & marshes when foods scarce.
Behaviour
Dives from the air, flies low over water, perches openly, takes off & lands from vegetation.
Flight
Direct, ariel dive.
Voice
Metallic chee, chee - kee, often rapidly repeated.

Breeding & Feeding

Nest
Holes in the river/stream bank
Eggs
Lays 6 - 7 eggs, white.
Incubation Period
19 - 21 days
Broods
2; April - June.
Food
Small fish & insects.
UK Breeding Pairs
3,600 - 6,000

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