Order Coraciiformes

Family Alcedinidae

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  • Small to medium-sized, compact birds with long, straight and dagger-like bill, short legs and often with bright plumage colours.
  • Cosmopolitan.
  • Mostly forest or woodland, often by water, some in open woodland away from water, one in desert scrub.
  • 10-46 cm.
  • 19 genera, 119 species, 326 taxa.
  • 16 species threatened;
    2 subspecies extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Woodall, P.F. (2020). Kingfishers (Alcedinidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52271 on 25 February 2020).