The adult male of the western European subspecies, A. a. ispida has green-blue upperparts with pale azure-blue back and rump, a rufous patch by the bill base, and a rufous ear-patch. It has a green-blue neck stripe, white neck blaze and throat, rufous underparts, and a black bill with some red at the base. The legs and feet are bright red. Aug 24, · The kingfisher is very top heavy with a large head and shoulders that look more exaggerated because they often sit with their neck short and hunched. Both sexes are alike at approximately 24cm and 65gm. Young Kingfishers are more tan coloured and do not have the blue-green adult plumage.
Kingfisher bird: adult Stork-billed kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis) Adult Stork-billed kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis), uprisen angle level, side shot, perching under the clear sky on curved vine after fishing, Phuttamonthon Park, Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. With its top-heavy physique, energetic flight, and piercing rattle, the Belted Kingfisher seems to have an air of self-importance as it patrols up and down rivers and shorelines. It nests in burrows along earthen banks and feeds almost entirely on aquatic prey, diving to catch fish and crayfish with its heavy, straight bill. These ragged-crested birds are a powdery blue-gray; males have one.
Male and female similar, but note different breast pattern: entirely rufous on male, while female has blue-gray band bordered by white. Often conspicuous, searching shallow water for fish from a prominent perch and chattering noisily when disturbed. Singles or pairs are also often observed flying high overhead and giving loud "keck" calls. Sep 18, · The belted kingfisher measures between 28 to 35 cm in length with a wingspan of between 48 to 58 cm and weigh from to g. The sexes are similar in size and appearance, although the female tends to be slightly larger. The western populations are .