Provence bird: the common kingfisher

Description of the common kingfisher

  • The common kingfisher can be found along small rivers where it nests in vertical walls (made of sand or soft soil).
  • Height is around 16 cm and wingspan, around 25 cm.
  • It can live up to 15 years old.
  • Females and males look pretty much the same (there are differences but not easy to notice).
  • During the breeding season, the male would typically offer food to the female (fish)
  • The common kingfisher is one of the top fishers (hence its name): its speed and accuracy are outstanding.

Scientific classification of the common kingfisher

  • Domain: BIOTA
  • Kingdom: ANIMALIA
  • Phylum: CHORDATA
  • Class: AVES
  • Order: CORACLIFORMES
  • Family: ALCEDINIDAE
  • Genus: ALCEDO
  • Species: ALCEDO ATTHIS