Common Kingfisher

Kingfishers are brightly coloured birds in the order Coraciiformes. They have large heads, long, sharp, pointed bills, short legs, and stubby tails. Most species have bright plumage with little differences between the sexes. They consume a wide range of prey as well as fish, usually caught by swooping down from a perch. While kingfishers are usually thought to live near rivers and eat fish, most of the kingfisher species in the world live away from water and eat small invertebrates. Like other members of their order they nest in cavities, usually tunnels dug into the natural or artificial banks in the ground. A quarter of all kingfishers nest in disused termite nests.

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Kingfisher #0070

Kingfisher perched on lichen covered twig with No Fishing sign
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Kingfisher perched on old tree limb displaying typical colouration / plumage
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Male Kingfisher perched on old tree limb with minnow for lunch
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Male Kingfisher perched on the old No Fishing sign
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Male Kingfisher perched on old tree limb with minnow for lunch
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Male Kingfisher perched on old tree limb shallows its target prey.
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Kingfisher perched on the No Fishing sign with a minnow firmly grasped in its beak
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Male Kingfisher scans the sky for its territory rival
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Male Kingfisher with wings extended to show nice colouration across the plumage
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Kingfisher #0304

Kingfisher perched on Private Fishing sign bangs minnows head prior to devouring its target prey
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Male Kingfisher prepares for launch as rival enters its territory
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Kingfisher perched on old dead branch
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Kingfisher #9693

Male Kingfisher perched on the old No Fishing sign
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Kingfisher perched on old branch calls out
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