Common Kingfisher

About the Common Kingfisher

Also known as: European Kingfisher, Eurasian Kingfisher, River Kingfisher, Kingfisher

The Common Kingfisher is a small sparrow-sized kingfisher that can be found across Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa. It is a resident species in much of its range, but during freezing winters, birds may migrate to warmer climes.

You'll find Common Kingfishers perched 3 to 6 feet above water with its bill pointing down as it searches for prey. It bobs its head when food is detected to gauge the distance, then plunges steeply down to seize its prey below the surface. Common Kingfishers eat mainly fish, but they'll also catch insects and crustaceans including shrimps.

Common Kingfishers are also known as Eurasian Kingfishers. They have a very wide range and a conservation status of Least Concern as of September 2014.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 13 March 2009
Scientific Name
Alcedo atthis
  • Coraciiformes
  • Alcedinidae
  • Alcedo
  • A. atthis
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 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
6.3 inches
10 inches
.67 to 1.7 ounces


International Names

Czech (Cesky) Ledňáček říční
Danish (Dansk) Isfugl
Dutch (Nederlands) IJsvogel
Finnish (Suomi) Kuningaskalastaja
French (Français) Martin-pêcheur d'Europe
German (Deutsch) Eisvogel
Italian (Italiano) Martin Pescatore Comune
Japanese (日本語) カワセミ (kawasemi)
Norwegian (Norsk) Kongsfisker
Polish (Polski) Zimorodek
Russian (русский язык) Обыкновенный зимородок
Spanish (Español) Martín Pescador Común
Swedish (Svenska) Kungsfiskare
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