Common kingfisher

The common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), also known as the Eurasian kingfisher and river kingfisher, is a small kingfisher with seven subspecies recognized within its wide distribution across Eurasia and North Africa. It is resident in much of its range, but migrates from areas where rivers freeze in winter.

Common kingfisher
Male A. a. bengalensis
from Maharashtra, India.
Female A. a. ispida
Kecskemét, Hungary
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Alcedinidae
Subfamily: Alcedininae
Genus: Alcedo
Species:
A. atthis
Binomial name
Alcedo atthis
  Breeding range
  Resident all year round
  Non-breeding range
Synonyms

Gracula atthis Linnaeus, 1758

The common kingfisher hunting in Italy's Po River

This sparrow-sized bird has the typical short-tailed, large-headed kingfisher profile; it has blue upperparts, orange underparts and a long bill. It feeds mainly on fish, caught by diving, and has special visual adaptations to enable it to see prey under water. The glossy white eggs are laid in a nest at the end of a burrow in a riverbank.


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