Kingfisher

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Kingfishers are shy birds, but unmistakable if fortunate to be seen.

 Male and female are similar in size and colouring (bright blue and orange). They inhabit slow-moving or still water lowland habitats in Scotland and as their name suggest feed on small fish as well as aquatic insects. They nest in burrows excavated into the riverbank or nearby quarry, with eggs laid between April and June.

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When to see

All year round but particularly active during the summer when feeding young.

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Where to see

Slow-moving or still streams and rivers in lowland areas.

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Related species

Dipper

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When to see

All year round but particularly active during the summer when feeding young.

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Where to see

Slow-moving or still streams and rivers in lowland areas.

Dolphin Icon Blue
Related species

Dipper

Binoculars Icon Blue
When to see

All year round but particularly active during the summer when feeding young.

Map Icon Blue
Where to see

Slow-moving or still streams and rivers in lowland areas.

Dolphin Icon Blue
Related species

Dipper