All About The Kingfisher





Comes north in early March--remains until December, often throughout

the year.



Song--harsh, discordant, laughing chuckle or rattle--never musical.



Upper parts blue--wings and tail with white markings--lower parts white

with two blue bands across breast--bluish tinge on sides--a white spot

in front of each eye.--Head large and crested--bill longer than

head--feet small.



Food--principally fish which it obtains by diving and kills by striking

against a tree if large, or swallows alive if small.--This food

supplemented by larger insects, shrimps, etc.



Nest--tunnelled out of bank--six to eight feet deep--at the extreme end

of tunnel is the nest made of fish-bones and scales.



Eggs--pure white--four to six in one brood.





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