Bird of the Year – Common Kingfisher stamp from Estonia

March 20th, 2014

Eesti post issued a stamp from the series "Bird of the Year" depicting the Common Kingfisher.

Due to its extraordinary colors, the Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) is called the Nordic jewel and the pearl of rivers. Both the kingfisher's plumage, as well as the shape of its body, are unique. It nests on the banks of rivers, brooks and bigger ditches lined with trees and rivers, the banks of which offer opportunities for digging its nest. The kingfisher particularly likes shallow rivers with pure water. It mainly feeds on small fish.

One can expect to see the kingfisher round the year, but only a few remain in Estonia for the winter. The Estonian Ornithological Society picks the bird of the year since 1995.

More information about the Common Kingfisher can be found in the internet, where it has numerous sites.