Kingfisher is Latvia's bird of the year for 2020

The Latvian Ornithological Society (LOB) has chosen the beautiful Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) as its bird of the year for 2020, and is inviting members of the public to report sightings of the bird during the next twelve months to help better understand its habitat and habits. 

Sightings of both the kingfisher and other birds can be recorded at Dabasdati.lv. This is also the year when work on a new atlas of breeding and wintering birds in Latvia is underway.

"At the moment we have no information to suggest that the number of kingfishers is decreasing, but the information we have about this species is scanty," said Viesturs Ķerus, Chairman of the Board of the Latvian Ornithological Society.

The Common Kingfisher feeds on small fish caught by diving into the water. It forms its nest on the shore in caves and nooks on cliffs.

"This is a great opportunity for boating enthusiasts to gather valuable data on river birds," LOB said in its announcement.

 

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