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Alcedo atthis


Marco Dragonetti, Xeno-canto


Key information: The stunning Kingfisher passes through Cyprus mainly in the autumn, although a small number will also spend the winter here. It can be seen perched on the reeds looking down at the water, waiting patiently for its next catch of fish. Before diving in the water for its prey, it usually flicks its tail up and down. It has a very sharp whistling call, which can be heard as it flies low above the water.

Length: 17 – 19.5 cm

Habitat: Wetlands

When they can be seen: Autumn, winter, spring

What they eat: Fish and aquatic insects

In Cyprus: Can be seen at wetlands and rocky coastlines

Status: Passage migrant, winter visitor

Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis

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