Height 15cm (6″)
A bird enjoyed by fishermen and bird watchers, resides near river banks and likes to sit on logs/fallen tree branches to spy small fish.
The bird’s iridescent colours of orange and electric blue glisten in the light reflected by the water. Has white on its throat and neck patches. Male has a small black bill and female has a red base to lower part of bill. As the birds fly fast its distinctive shrill of “chree” indicates there presence. Is not a migratory bird. Bull head, minnow, loach and stickleback are the most common fish the kingfisher feeds on, eats insects such as dragonflies and water beetle. Once fish has been caught the bird stuns the fish by banging it on its head. Nest is a tunnel dug into a vertical bank by both birds.