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common kingfisher

Alcedo atthis

Description:

This species has the typical short-tailed, dumpy-bodied, large-headed, and long-billed kingfisher shape. The adult male of the western European subspecies, A. a. ispida has green-blue upperparts with pale azure-blue back and rump, a rufous patch by the bill base, and a rufous ear-patch. It has a green-blue neck stripe, white neck blaze and throat, rufous underparts, and a black bill with some red at the base

Habitat:

The common kingfisher is widely distributed over Europe, Asia, and North Africa, mainly south of 60°N. It is a common breeding species over much of its vast Eurasian range, but in North Africa it is mainly a winter visitor, although it is a scarce breeding resident in coastal Morocco and Tunisia. In temperate regions, this kingfisher inhabits clear, slow-flowing streams and rivers, and lakes with well-vegetated banks.

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2 Comments

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 a year ago

Fantastic shot! Thank you for sharing :)

Mel11
Mel11 a year ago

Lovely photo

jasem
Spotted by
jasem

Al Jahra, Al Jahra Governorate, Kuwait

Spotted on Dec 20, 2022
Submitted on Dec 21, 2022

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