The Kingfisher is a small and plump with a very short tail but has disproportionately large head and long dagger-like bill.
Its plumage is beautifully bright: the back and tail are iridescent “electric” blue, the crown and wings are greenish-blue. The underparts and cheeks are an orange-red, and the throat and collar are pure white. The legs are red.
The sexes are very similar, the main difference being the colour of the lower mandible: the male’s bill is all black while the female’s is black with red on the lower mandible.
Juveniles are similar to adults, but the plumage is duller and greener and the tip of the bill is white. Their flight is fast and direct and often very low over the water, and so all you see is a bright blue flash as they pass by.