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Common Kingfisher

(Alcedo atthis)
Alternate name(s): "Eurasian Kingfisher", "River Kingfisher"
German name(s): "Eisvogel"

Size: 16-18 cm (incl. bill, 4 cm); wing span: 25-30 cm
Weight: 23-25 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Common Kingfisher at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "atthis"

ADULT

FEMALE

Lateral view of a female Common Kingfisher; note the orange base of the lower mandible (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Narew, near Wizna, Podlaskie, Poland, May 2018]

Race "ispida"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Common Kingfisher; note the all-black bill (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, November 2018]

Near-frontal view of a male Common Kingfisher (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, November 2018]

Lateral view of a male Common Kingfisher (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Ovcarsko-Kablarski Canyon, near Cacak, Serbia, October 2017]

Near-dorsal view of a male Common Kingfisher in dark conditions (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2019]

Dorsal view of a male Common Kingfisher (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Peso dam, near Montemor o Novo, Evora, Portugal, July 2019]

Lateral view of a male Common Kingfisher in flight, wings up (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, October 2018]

Lateral view of a male Common Kingfisher in flight, wings down (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, October 2018]

FEMALE

Near-dorsal view of a female Common Kingfisher; note the orange base of the lower mandible (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mequinenza, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain, September 2019]

Sex unknown

Dorsal view of a Common Kingfisher in flight (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Split, Croatia, October 2019]

Dorsal view of a Common Kingfisher in characteristic low flight above water (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Embalse de Arrocampo, Caceres, Extremadura, Spain, December 2019]

Distant dorsal view of a Common Kingfisher banking to land (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2018]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-frontal view of a juvenile Common Kingfisher; note the dull colours and the partly dark-grey feet and legs
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Split, Croatia, September 2019]

Lateral view of a juveneil Common Kingfisher; note the dull colours and the orange-grey lower mandible
(photo courtesy of I. Medenica)
[Near Belgrade, Serbia, May 2016]

Behaviour

Male Common Kingfisher on its elevated perch (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Peso dam, near Montemor o Novo, Evora, Portugal, July 2019]

Food, Diet

Near-dorsal view of a male Common Kingfisher with its prey, a small fish (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Narew, near Wizna, Podlaskie, Poland, May 2018]

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