Lipichanskaya pushcha. Common kingfisher

Protection of environment. Belarusian Nature Reserves. "Lipichanskaya pushcha" Wildlife Reserve. Common kingfisher.

The Common Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis, also known as Eurasian Kingfisher or River Kingfisher, is a small kingfisher with seven subspecies recognized within its wide distribution across Eurasia and North Africa. It is resident in much of its range, but migrates from areas where rivers freeze in winter.

This sparrow-sized bird has the typical short-tailed, large-headed kingfisher profile; it has blue upperparts, orange underparts and a long bill. It feeds mainly on fish, caught by diving, and has special visual adaptions to enable it to see prey under water. The glossy white eggs are laid in a nest at the end of a burrow in a riverbank.

This species has the typical short-tailed, dumpy-bodied large-headed and long-billed kingfisher shape. The adult male of the western European subspecies, A. a. ispida has green-blue upperparts with pale azure-blue back and rump, a rufous patch by the bill base, and a rufous ear-patch. It has a green-blue neck stripe, white neck blaze and throat, rufous underparts, and a black bill with some red at the base. The legs and feet are bright red. It is about 16 centimetres (6.3 in) long with a wingspan of 25 cm (9.8 in), and weighs 34–46 grams (1.2–1.6 oz).

Belarus 2008 Lipichanskaya pushcha. Common kingfisher CuNi
Obverse: 
at the background of ornamental canvas there are: at the top – the relief of the State Coat of Arms of the Republic of Belarus and inscription "РЭСПУБЛIКА БЕЛАРУСЬ" (REPUBLIC OF BELARUS); in the center – image of a blooming plant; at the bottom – inscription "ЛІЛЕЯ КУЧАРАВАЯ" (TURK’S–CAP LILY); year of issue, face value "20 РУБЛЁЎ" (20 ROUBLES) – on silver coin and "1 РУБЕЛЬ" (1 ROUBLE) – on copper–nickel coin.
Reverse: 
in the center – the relief effigy of the bird sitting on the branch, at the background a fragment of the river and shore; at the top – the effigy of a fragment of Belarusian ornament, denotative life symbol; at the bottom – inscription "ЗВЫЧАЙНЫ ЗІМАРОДАК" (COMMON KINGFISHER).

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Belarus 2008 Lipichanskaya pushcha. Common kingfisher CuNi
Belarus 2008 Lipichanskaya pushcha. Common kingfisher CuNi
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Catalog ID: 
BY124CM1
Value: 
€12
Mintage: 
5000
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Weight: 
14.35g
Diameter: 
33mm
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Edge Lettering: 
"ЗАКАЗНІКІ БЕЛАРУСІ * ЗАКАЗНІК ЛІПІЧАНСКАЯ ПУШЧА" (BELARUSIAN NATURE RESERVES * LIPICHANSKAYA PUSHCHA RESERVE)
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