The common kingfisher, or Alcedo atthis, is a fish eating bird found in Europe and northern Africa.
The kingfisher is a dazzlingly colorful bird, so it’s surprising how difficult it is to spot. On the head and back they are a bluey-green, the back is a pale blue. Under the throat is orange, this extends to the underparts. The front of the throat and the back of the neck are white.
Habits EditThe kingfisher is a bird that is seen sitting patiently on a branch overhanging a slow moving stream, they will sit still for ages, before flashing down and grabbing a fish underneath the water. Kingfishers have a protective membrane, which covers their eyes while they are underwater.
Feeding EditThe kingfisher feeds on insects molluscs crustacreans, but it’s main diet is fish. Once caught, the fish is stunned be the kingfisher, and then swallowed head first.
Kingfishers nests are tunnels excavated in sandy ground.