Sunday Shot – Common Kingfisher, Birding In Goa


Perched atop an under-construction site iron rod, this Common Kingfisher was trying to spot the fish in a stagnant water body created by rainwater. They can spot their food i.e. fish in still water and can dive into the water to shallow depths only. A member of the Kingfisher family, which includes over 90 species of birds. They are found in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Common Kingfisher bird, Goa
Common Kingfisher bird, Goa

Common Kingfisher

Saw this one capture a tiny fish and fly back to relish the catch.

Common Kingfisher can be commonly seen in most of India. And is easily identifiable due to its distinctive blue color and size. They can be spotted near water bodies perched atop the nearest plants, and tree branches. And intensely watching the water to spot the fish. They keep looking around until they spot the prey. Then suddenly take-off directly headed for the prey. Diving into shallow depths only they catch the prey and fly back to the safety of branches to relish. They fly across the water bodies close to the water level.

Their eyesight does not allow them a good vision of fast-flowing water. Hence they like the lakes, backwaters, or river edges where the current is low. Mostly seen alone. Colorful with typical patterns it is one of the most beautiful birds. Smaller in size compared to other varieties of Kingfisher birds.

Info about the bird

It (Alcedo atthis) is also known as the Eurasian kingfisher and the river kingfisher is a small bird. The bird has a typical short-tailed, large-headed profile; it has blue upper parts, orange underparts, and a long bill. It feeds mainly on fish, caught by diving. They have special visual adaptations to enable them to see prey underwater.

It is about 16 cm long with a wingspan of 25 cm and weighs about 34–46 grams. Reportedly, they are monogamous and they mate for life. You will notice its flight is fast, direct, and usually low over the water. A noisy bird and its call is a loud, shrill whistle. Reportedly, their average lifespan is about 10 years.

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