Their long dagger-like beaks which they use to great effect when diving for fish.
They measure between 17-19.5cm.
Their main source of food is freshwater fish, although they also sometimes eat aquatic invertebrates (small, spine-less bugs such as insects, snails, shrimp
You can find them by still or flowing water such as lakes, canals and rivers. You may also be lucky enough to spot them by your garden pond.
4,800 – 8,000 breeding pairs.
They are very vulnerable to hard winter conditions and are also affected by habitat pollution.
A kingfisher can dive into the water and return with a fish in its beak within two seconds.
Listen to the sounds of a kingfisher
Watch a kingfisher in a video from our friends at ARKive.