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Azure Kingfisher

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Azure Tit

  • Cyanistes cyanus
  • Tits, Chickadees & Kinglets
Australian Ringneck

About the Azure Kingfisher

The Azure Kingfisher is a small species of kingfisher found in parts of northern and eastern Australia, as well as Tasmania, New Guinea, and other nearby islands. This little cutie has striking plumage, with wings, back, and head in azure blue, contrasting buffy breast, and white and black highlights.

Azure Kingfishers feed on small fish and crustaceans, as well as insects and frogs. They typically hunt from a perched position above water. Azure Kingfishers are known to follow foraging Duck-billed Platypuses to hunt for prey disturbed by the movement of the unusual animal.

The natural range of the Azure Kingfisher is rather large, and the species has a conservation status of Least Concern as of September 2014.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 16 September 2014
Scientific Name Alcedo azurea
  • Coraciiformes
  • Alcedinidae
  • Alcedo
  • A. azurea
Birdorable Family Kingfishers & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 25 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
6.7 to 7.5 inches
1 to 1.2 ounces

International Names

  • 蓝翠鸟 (Chinese)
  • ledňáček azurový (Czech)
  • Azurisfugl (Danish)
  • Azuurijsvogel (Dutch)
  • papuansinikalastaja (Finnish)
  • Martin-pêcheur à dos bleu (French)
  • Azurfischer (German)
  • Martin pescatore azzurro orientale (Italian)
  • ルリミツユビカワセミ [rurimitsuyubikawasemi] (Japanese)
  • Asurisfugl (Norwegian)
  • zimorodek lazurowy (Polish)
  • Лазурный лесной зимородок (Russian)
  • Martín Pescador Azur (Spanish)
  • Azurkungsfiskare (Swedish)

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