Kingfishers



About Kingfishers
Kingfishers are divided by family into Tree and River Kingfishers. Tree Kingfishers like the Kookaburras and Forest Kingfisher prefer open woodland, rainforest margins, agricultural land and large gardens. The beautiful Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher favours dense vegetation predominately rainforest, and nests in active termite mounds at ground level. Tree Kingfishers feed on a wide variety prey items including small reptiles and mammals, limited only by the size they can swallow whole or break apart. Kookaburras are skilled at stealing sausages from barbecues. Only two species the Azure and Little are River Kingfishers, these require permanent water usually with dense riparian or mangrove vegetation. They are small birds that hunt by diving from perches above the water taking predominately fish or crustaceans and make very challenging subjects to photograph.


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Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)
 



Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

Blue-Winged Kookaburra
(Dacelo leachii) Female

Blue-Winged Kookaburra
(Dacelo leachii) Female

Blue-Winged Kookaburra
(Dacelo leachii) Male

Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii) Male

Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii) Male

Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii) Male
 

Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii) Female

Collared or Mangrove Kingfisher (Todiramphus choris)

Collared or Mangrove Kingfisher (Todiramphus choris)

Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) Juv

Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) Juv

Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) Female

Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) Male


Buff-Breasted Paradise-Kingfisher (Tanysiptera Sylvia)

Buff-Breasted Paradise-Kingfisher (Tanysiptera Sylvia)

Little Kingfisher (Ceyx pusilla)

Little Kingfisher (Ceyx pusilla)

Azure Kingfisher (Ceyx azurea)

Azure Kingfisher (Ceyx azurea)