King(fisher) in the Forest

Collared kingfisher (todiramphus chloris)

Beyond crabs and shrimps, its diet includes insects and small animals. It can perch almost motionless for long periods, then glide to the prey and return to its perch.

And I thought it just liked sitting on its throne!


  1. It’s interesting to read your description of the kingfisher gliding to its prey. The only British kingfishers are riverside birds that hunt for fish by diving fast and vertically downwards. I wondered how that worked for their relatives who hunt on dry land!

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    • Oh, yes, I guess they adapt.
      I am always amazed at photos of those birds diving in the water to catch prey, some of the best shots I’ve seen have been timed perfectly, I consider it a kind of art.
      Thanks for sharing!

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