What a surprise today to see a colourful kingfisher flying and roosting in the garden today. It has been at least 10 years since I have seen one here. I hope there is a breeding pair!
These beautiful colourful birds love to live along the streams, rivers and coastal areas diving into the streams to hunt for little fish or catching insects, lizards and even small birds. It will eat fruit as well. It is known to attack mammals and other birds.
Kotare, sometimes called the Sacred Kingfisher, nest in cavities in rotten trees and a clutch consists of four to five white eggs. Both sexes are alike in appearance with plumage being deep green and ultra marine above, buff below with a broad buff collar. The black bill is large and tough for catching food and making its nests.
Photo by CBG from http://www.rosssea.info/nz-bird-life.html