Having posted a picture of a Common Kingfisher on Facebook Nature pages (left), a lady asked me if my posted shot was male or female. I have to admit I wasn’t sure. It’s hard to tell from colouration because a CK’s feathers are refractive and so change colour depending on the position of the bird relative to the sun or light source, and the observer. So I researched and there’s a foolproof way of knowing. I got this from the UK based renowned bird society, of which I have been a member for decades now, the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds). They say it’s best to remember that “the female wears lipstick”!
What they mean is that the male CK’s bill is black whereas the female CK’s bill has orange on the lower mandible.
So there you go! Just remember that the CK gals wear lipstick!
Happy Days 🙂