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Female kingfisher on branch

Image: Andy Hay

One UK species, but many more worldwide, most of which are dry-land birds rather than waterside ones, as is the UK kingfisher. They have stout bodies, very short tails, short, rounded wings, large heads and long, dagger-like bills, and very small feet, with the two outer toes partly fused together. They nest in holes tunnelled into earth banks.


Kingfishers are small unmistakable bright blue and orange birds of slow moving or still water. They fly rapidly, low over water, and hunt fish from riverside perches, occasionally hovering above the w... More...


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