Kingfishers / Common Kingfisher

August 21, 2018

Kingfishers/ Common Kingfisher

All kingfishers have large heads, long sharp pointed bills, short legs, and stubby tails.

The largest kingfisher in the world is Australia's laughing kookaburra.

The smallest species of kingfisher is the African pygmy kingfisher

There are 87 different species of kingfisher in the world

The majority of kingfishers are found in Asia, Africa, Australia and South America and some are found in Europe and North America.

 

Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

The common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) is also known as the Eurasian kingfisher and the river kingfisher.

The female is identical in appearance to the male except that her lower mandible is orange-red with a black tip.

As with all kingfishers, the Common kingfisher is very territorial, mainly because each day is has to eat about 60% of its body weight.

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