Kingfisher - Alcedo atthis

    Description

    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 water's surface. The male has an all black bill.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Kingfishers are found by still or slow flowing water such as lakes, canals and rivers in lowland areas. In winter, some individuals move to estuaries and the coast.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    They feed on fish and aquatic insects. They are a vulnerable to hard winters and habitat degradation through pollution or unsympathetic management of watercourses.

    UK Status

    They are widespread, especially in central and southern England, becoming less common further north but following some declines last century, they are currently increasing their range in Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent as a nesting bird in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map