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Common kingfisher

Alcedo atthis

Description:

The common kingfisher also known as Eurasian kingfisher, or river kingfisher, is a small kingfisher with seven subspecies recognized within its wide distribution across Eurasia and North Africa. It is resident in 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 enable it to see prey under water. The glossy white eggs are laid in a nest at the end of a burrow in a riverbank.

Habitat:

Bharatpur - Dec 2014

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1 Comment

marirs
marirs 6 years ago

Yes David, although it says common, it was hard to find.

marirs
Spotted by
marirs

Rajasthan, India

Spotted on Dec 20, 2014
Submitted on Jan 2, 2015

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