The beautiful iridescent plumage of the kingfisher makes it one of our most colourful and instantly recognisable birds; despite this it is rarely seen due to its shy nature. The Kingfisher is a small bright blue and orange bird with large head, stubby tail, short legs and a long pointed bill, which fly low over slow moving or still water, often perching on overhanging branches. A resident on Arran, but there is no confirmed breeding, with reported sightings on Fisherman's Walk in Brodick, Torberg and Cordon. They dive to feed on fish and aquatic insects and usually nest in holes dug in riverbanks or ditches with a small chamber at the end of a tunnel.
6cm x 10cm
An elegant water bird with ornate head plumes, they are an occasional winter visitor and passing migrant to our shores. They are excellent swimmers and divers who pursue their prey underwater, feeding mainly on fish but also on crustaceans and small frogs.
6.5cm x 10cm
Common in the wetlands of South Australia. They are popular as an ornamental bird in Britain and Western Europe but is not thought to be self-sustaining so are not on the official British Bird list. That said, one did live around the Arran shores near Brodick for a while.
6.5cm x 9.5cm
A distinctively-patterned black and white wader with a long up-curved beak. It is the emblem of the RSPB and symbolises the bird protection movement in the UK more than any other species. Its return in the 1940s and subsequent increase in numbers represents one of the most successful conservation and protection projects.
Size: 7.5cm x 8.5cm