Kingfisher                                                     Scientific Name: Alceldines

The Kingfisher is so called because of the bird's habit of dipping into the water and catching fish, apart from one species, which eats bugs and grubs. Kingfisher inhabit every continent apart from the 2 polar riegons, Arctica and Antarctica. Say "Kingfisher" in English and you may have one thinking of the common kingfisher, the species native to the UK. The kingfisher has 3 families, Alcedindae, Halcyonidae and Cerylidae. Alcedindae includes the kingfishers we often see,

Halcyonidae includes tree kingfishers, and there are 69 (sixty-nine) species of this kind of kingfisher. You will be most likely to find them in tropical countries. 

Cerylidae includes Water Kingfishers, with only 9 (nine) species in the group. The Giant Kingfisher is one of them, it is the largest kingfisher in Africa. The Giant Kingfisher in a few photos was shown smashing a fish against a post. Apart from Giant Kingfishers and the Kookaburras, Kingfishers are relatively small birds, and very shy, and the most common kingfisher in zoos is the kookaburra, the largest kingfisher in the world, from 39-42cm.

Territory: All over the world, apart from Polar Rigeons

Food: Fish, and one species eats invertebrates.

Status: Common