Common kingfisher

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Common Kingfisher
A kingfisher capturing a tadpole
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Alcedinidae
Genus: Alcedo
Species: A. atthis
Binomial name
Alcedo atthis
(Linnaeus, 1758)
      Breeding range
      Resident all year-round
      Non-breeding range
Alcedo atthis

The common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) or 'Eurasian kingfisher' or 'River kingfisher', is a small kingfisher.

There are seven subspecies in its wide distribution across Eurasia and North Africa. It is resident over much of its range, but migrates from areas where rivers freeze in winter.

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 adaptions to see its prey under water. The glossy white eggs are laid in a nest at the end of a burrow in a riverbank.