Alcedinidae is a family of birds commonly known as kingfishers. They are brightly colored with a large head, short legs, and a long, sharp bill. They inhabit a variety of habitats, including woodlands, wetlands, and coastal areas. Their lifespan is typically between 5 and 12 years, and their current population is stable. They are distinguished by their bright colors, which range from blue to green to brown, and their loud, distinctive calls.
Name Origin: The Alcedinidae family of birds is named after the Latin word for kingfisher, alcedo. The name was first used by French naturalist Mathurin Jacques Brisson in 1760. The family includes over 90 species of kingfishers, which are found in tropical and temperate regions around the world.
Related Species: Halcyonidae, Meropidae, Coraciidae