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 #9851

Male Kingfisher with wing extended to show nice detail in colouration and plumage
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Kingfisher #9615

Male Kingfisher stretches its wings while perched on a moss covered branch
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Kingfisher #0316

Kingfisher breaking all the rules as it shallows the evidence before the shutter is released
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Kingfisher #9844

Male Kingfisher perched on dead branch scans the area for unwanted intruders
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Kingfisher #0080

Kingfisher perched on old dead tree limb scanning the shallow stream for a fish lunch
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Kingfisher #0378

Female Kingfisher perched on old timber log scans the shallow stream for a fish lunch
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Kingfisher #9389

Female Kingfisher perched on old tree limb with minnow firmly grasped in her beak
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Kingfisher #9483

Female Kingfisher perched on rock behind the stealth camera
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Kingfisher #0467

Kingfisher perched on the Private Fishing sign
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Kingfisher #9251

Female Kingfisher perched on a lichen covered twig
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KINgfisher #9257

Female Kingfisher perched on a lichen covered twig
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Kingfisher #9440

Female Kingfisher perched on moss covered branch with minnow for lunch
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Kingfisher #0081

Kingfisher perched on the old No Fishing sign
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Kingfisher #9520

Female Kingfisher perched on rock behind the stealth camera
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