is any one of the 90 species of birds that are part of three families (Alcedinidae and Halcyonidae) which are known for their incredible dives into water. Although they are globally, their distribution is mainly tropical. Kingfishers can range in length from 10 to42 cm (4 to 16.5 inch) and have a large head and long, massive bills.
They also have a compact, small body. The feet of kingfishers are small and the tail, except for a few, is either short or medium-length. Many species have vibrant plumage with bold patterns and some are crested.
These colourful, vocal birds
are known for their spectacular hunting techniques. The bird usually sits still and watches for movement from its favorite perch. After spotting its quarry, it plunges into water to catch the fish. White Birds It usually does not go below 25 cm (10 inches) with its dagger-shaped bills. It bobs towards the surface with a quick downstroke.
The prey is then taken back to the perch, where it beats the fish against the perch before it swallows it. Many other species also eat shellaceans and amphibians.
The typical kingfishers are river dwellers.
They look like the belted Kingfisher ( megaceryle alcyon), which is the most common North American species. The handsome crested bird is able to fly off into the water if it is disturbed. It measures approximately 30 cm (12 inches) in length and is bluish-gray above and across its breasts, and white below.
Only females have the brownish-red “belt”, or band, across their lower breasts. In its courtship ritual, the male offers fish to his female partner as she perches. The pair chase one another while crying shrilly high above after copulation.