THE IRISH KING FISHER
The kingfisher is a colourful bird of rivers and streams It can be spotted sitting quietly on low-hanging branches over the water, suddenly diving in to catch a small fish. Kingfishers live in burrow-like nests near lakes and other waterways, choosing a perfect spot for fishing!
Kingfishers are about 16cm long and weigh about 40 grams. They have a wing-span of about 25cm (length from wing-tip to wing-tip). Kingfishers eat small fish like minnows and sticklebacks, and large water insects. They perch on the edge of riverbanks and dive into the water to catch fish. When they dive, their eyes are covered over by a membrane, so they have to be very accurate and quick to catch their prey!