|A kingfisher capturing a tadpole|
Resident all year-round
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 underwater. The glossy white eggs are laid in a nest at the end of a burrow in a riverbank.
Sources[change | change source]
- BirdLife International (2012). "Alcedo atthis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/22683027. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- or 'Eurasian kingfisher' or 'River kingfisher'