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Alcedo atthis   –   Martin-Pêcher

This is a tiny bird with a long beak and extremely briliant plumage. The underside is chestnut brown, and the top is a briliantly shiny blue-green. The head and beak are large compared to the body, and the wings are short and stubby.


16 cm


Around water, of course. This is a real fisherman, often sitting on branches beside streams, although it sometimes hovers while searching for fish.