Order: Coraciiformes, Family: Alcedinidae, English Family: Kingfishers
Kingfishers are small to medium-sized birds with large heads, long pointed bills, short legs and stubby tails. They are found worldwide, but mostly within Tropical Regions, and are currently classed into three sub-family groups which are given below.
Sub-families - Alcedininae - River kingfishers Halcyoninae - Tree kingfishers Cerylinae - Water kingfishers Kingfishers are of Type - Sallyer - ie they find a prominent perch overlooking their feeding ground from which they sweep down (sally forth) to catch their prey (hence their Type) and to which they return frequently, until they move on to somewhere else.
Some of the Kingfishers present in the AWB Region are listed below:- African pygmy kingfisher - Ispidina picta Blue-breasted kingfisher - Halcyon malimbica Common kingfisher - Alcedo atthis Giant kingfisher - Megaceryle maximus Grey-headed kingfisher - Halcyon leucocephala Malachite kingfisher - Corythornis cristatus Pied kingfisher - Ceryle rudis Striped kingfisher - Halcyon chelicuti Woodland kingfisher - Halcyon senegalensis For an introduction to the Kingfisher Family see below A short look at 10 Kingfishers of the world
Alcedinidae - Kingfishers+ contains the following categories... Kingfishers Kingfishers+