Scientific Name: Alcedo atthis (Alcedinidae).
English Name: Eurasian Kingfisher; River Kingfisher (Kingfisher family).
French Name: Martin-pêcheur d'Europe (='European fisher Martin').
5 Key Characters:
- cheeks and breast orange-red.
- buff white throat and neck spots.
- wings blue green and back shining blue.
- bill black (females have orange on the lower part).
- feet bright orange-red.
Habitat: Along the banks of sheltered, clean, shallow water bodies. Nests in steep banks.
Status: In regression and affected by hard winters, polluted rivers, canalisation, agricultural drainage causing water courses to be cloudy and disturbance by man.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature: