Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)
Kingfishers are mainly small to medium-sized colourful birds with large, robust bills and short, weak legs and feet. Their wings are short and rounded and whirr rapidly in fast flight. Many species feed on fish, but others hunt shrike-like over dry country. Most species nest in holes and lay white eggs.
There are ninety species worldwide, of which only one breeds in Europe.
Species seen but not photographed:
  • New Zealand Kingfisher: New Zealand (November 2001)