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.
- 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.
- Black, straight and thin.
- Red & short
- 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.
- Dives from the air, flies low over water, perches openly, takes off & lands from vegetation.
- Direct, ariel dive.
- Metallic chee, chee - kee, often rapidly repeated.
Breeding & Feeding
- Holes in the river/stream bank
- Lays 6 - 7 eggs, white.
- Incubation Period
- 19 - 21 days
- 2; April - June.
- Small fish & insects.
- UK Breeding Pairs
- 3,600 - 6,000