Azure Kingfisher

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 16 September 2014
Scientific Name
Alcedo azurea
  • Coraciiformes
  • Alcedinidae
  • Alcedo
  • A. azurea
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 4 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
6.7 to 7.5 inches
1 to 1.2 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 蓝翠鸟
Czech (Cesky) ledňáček azurový
Danish (Dansk) Azurisfugl
Dutch (Nederlands) Azuurijsvogel
Finnish (Suomi) papuansinikalastaja
French (Français) Martin-pêcheur à dos bleu
German (Deutsch) Azurfischer
Italian (Italiano) Martin pescatore azzurro orientale
Japanese (日本語) ルリミツユビカワセミ [rurimitsuyubikawasemi]
Norwegian (Norsk) Asurisfugl
Polish (Polski) zimorodek lazurowy
Russian (русский язык) Лазурный лесной зимородок
Spanish (Español) Martín Pescador Azur
Swedish (Svenska) Azurkungsfiskare
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