Scientific name: Alcedo atthis
Look for the unmistakeable azure blue and metallic copper of the kingfisher as it darts along a riverbank, or perches on a low branch over the water, waiting for an unsuspecting fish to swim by.
Average lifespan: 2 years
Classified in the UK as Amber under the Birds of Conservation Concern 4: the Red List for Birds (2015). Protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981.