Common Kingfishers are between 16 and 17 cms (6.3 - 6.7 inches) in length, they have a wingspan between 24 and 26 cms (9.5 - 10 inches) and they weigh between 35 and 40 g (1.25 - 1.4 oz).
They have bright blue upper parts with their underside and ear coverts being orange in colour. They have white patches on each side of their neck and on their chin. Their legs are red with a dark blue stripe and males have a black bill where as the bill of females is black with a reddish/orange base.
Common Kingfishers have rapid, whirring wing beats that produce low, quick flight and they have loud, high-pitched vocalizations
Common Kingfishers are found near lakes, ponds, canals, streams and slow moving rivers of Europe, north Africa and Asia. Each individual secures a territory with an adequate food supply and this is usually a stretch of river between 1 and 3 kms (0.6 - 1.9 miles) in length
Common Kingfishers feed upon fish, aquatic invertebrates and amphibians.
They have a regular perch from where they fish which may be a few inches or a few feet above the water. When they spot potential prey the dive into the water and seize it then return to their perch where they swallow it head first.