Scientific name: Alcedo atthis
Nature Stars: 60
A famously colourful bird of rivers and streams, the Kingfisher is surprisingly small, only about 18cm long with a long straight bill. They sit quietly on low hanging branches over the water, diving in to catch small fish.
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How to identify: Unmistakable. Male Kingfishers have an entirely black bill, females have an orangey-red patch at the base.
Where: Widespread, absent from northern Scotland.
Fantastic fact: There are about 90 species of Kingfisher around the world.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc