Common Kingfisher

Alcedo atthis

(A. a. atthis)

Armenian Name: Երկնագույն ալկիոն
Common Kingfisher

See Plate 37 for Common Kingfisher and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:16-17 cm, Wing Span:24-26 cm
Distribution Map: Map 190.
Description: Compact bird with long straight bill and very short tail.
Adult: Bright blue-green above with iridescent blue on back, rump, and uppertail coverts; orange below. Cheeks orange and white, chin white. Male has black bill; female has red on lower mandible.
Juvenile: Similar to adult but duller. Greenish-blue above, lacks iridescence.
Behavior: Plunges from perch or hovers and then dives. Gives piercing whistled call.
Habitat: Fish ponds, lakes, rivers bordered by willows, reedbeds.
Food: Aquatic invertebrates, small fish.
Nest: Burrow in sand or clay bank.
Eggs: 23 mm, 6-7, white.