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KINGFISHER

The Common Kingfisher found throughout the UK is actually just 1 of 105 species of Kingfisher, sadly the Common Kingfisher is the only one found in the UK, although the North American Belted Kingfisher has been recorded in the UK on 10 occasions.  There are 3 different types of Kingfisher classification - Tree, Water & River - the Common Kingfisher is a River Kingfisher.   In terms of colour the Kingfisher has an electric blue back, wings and crown with an orange strip across the head and orange underside and breast.  It has white feathers just under the beak and at the back of the head.  The difference between male and female is on the beak, the male has an all black beak whereas the female has orange on the lower beak.  There are currently 5,000 pairs breeding across the UK, although it is less common  in Scotland.

Length: 16-17cm (6½in)

Wingspan: 24-26cm (9½-10in)

Weight: 35-40g (1¼-1½oz)

Average Life: 5-10 years

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