Jeff Wendorff's bird photography portfolio of kingfishers from the family, Alecdinidae

Kingfisher Wiki
Kingfishers are a group of small to medium-sized, brightly colored birds in the order Coraciiformes. They have a cosmopolitan distribution, with most species found outside of the Americas.

Roughly 114 species of kingfishers have been described. All have large heads, long, sharp, pointed bills, short legs, and stubby tails. Most species have bright plumage with few differences between the sexes. Most species are tropical in distribution, and a slight majority are found only in forests.

Kingfishers consume a wide range of prey, as well as fish, usually caught by swooping down from a perch. While kingfishers are usually thought to live near rivers and eat fish, most species live away from water and eat small invertebrates. Like other members of their order, they nest in cavities, usually tunnels dug into the natural or artificial banks in the ground. A quarter of all kingfishers nest in abandoned termite nests.

Collective Noun
A group of kingfishers is collectively named a concentration, realm or crown. The collective noun for Belted Kingfishers is a rattle, and Green Kingfishers are called a clique or concentration.

Kingfishers are among my favorite birds to photograph. Most of my bird photography workshops and tours include the possibility to photograph kingfishers. Check out Wildlife Workshops to find a photography workshop that suits your eye!
Amazon Kingfisher - Costa RicaAmerican Pygmy Kingfisher with Prey - Costa RicaAmerican Pygmy Kingfisher in PanamaAmerican Pygmy Kingfisher (Male) hunting in PanamaBelted Kingfisher in FloridaBelted Kingfisher Merritt Island FloridaBelted Kingfisher in FloridaLook Out - Grey-headed Kingfisher, in KenyaGreen Kingfisher with PreyGreen KingfisherHunting - Malachite KingfisherIn the Reeds - Malachite KingfisherPied Kingfisher - BotswanaPied Kingfisher - BotswanaPied Kingfisher in KenyaRinged Kingfisher in PanamaRinged Kingfisher in Gamboa - Ammo Dump PondsWoodland Kingfisher, Halcyon senegalensisWoodland Kingfisher, Halcyon senegalensisWoodland Kingfisher, Halcyon senegalensis