Kingfisher

Latin Name:
Alcedo atthis             

Common Name:
Kingfisher

Conservation Status:
Least concern  

Distribution:
Europe, Asia parts of Africa and the Middle east.

Habitat:
inhabits clear, slow-flowing streams and rivers, and lakes with well-vegetated banks. It frequents scrubs and bushes with overhanging branches close to shallow open water in which it hunts. In winter it is more coastal, often feeding in estuaries or harbours and along rocky seashores.

Diet:
Mainly fish including Minnows, sticklebacks, small roach and trout, also feed on aquatic insects and crustaceans.

Size:
about 16 centimetres (6.3 in) long
with a wingspan of 25 cm (9.8 in),
and weighs 34 - 46 grams (1.2 - 1.6 oz)

Number of young:
Lays anywhere from 2-10 eggs   

Gestation:
Eggs hatch in 19 or 20 days  

Life span:
5-7 years