Common Kingfisher

Common Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis

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Scientific name: Alcedo atthis




Call: a short sharp whistle, chee, repeated two or three times.

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[5] Kasahara, S., & Katoh, K. (2008). Food-niche differentiation in sympatric species of kingfishers, the Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis and the Greater Pied Kingfisher Ceryle lugubris. Ornithological Science, 7(2), 123-134. doi: 10.2326/1347-0558-7.2.123

[6] Reza, A. H. M. A., Feeroz, M. M., Islam, M. A., & Kabir, M. M. (2003). Status and density of kingfishers (family: Alcedinidae, Haleyonidae and Cerylidae) in the Sundarbans mangrove forest, Bangladesh. Bangladesh Journal of Life Science, 15(1), 55-60.

[7] Wang, L. K., Chan, M., Chan, Y. M., Tan, G. C., & Wee, Y. C. (2009). Pellet casting by non-raptorial birds of Singapore. Nature in Singapore, 2, 97-106.


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Common Kingfisher Subspecies
Scientific name Range
Alcedo atthis atthis SE Europe and North Africa to nw India
Alcedo atthis bengalensis L Baikal and n India through e and SE Asia mainland and islands
Alcedo atthis floresiana Lesser Sundas (Bali to Timor and Wetar)
Alcedo atthis hispidoides Sulawesi to Moluccas, New Guinea and Bismarck Arch.
Alcedo atthis ispida British Isles to w Russia, Iberian and Baltic peninsulas
Alcedo atthis solomonensis Bougainville and Solomon Islands (east to San Cristóbal)
Alcedo atthis taprobana S India and Sri Lanka

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