I have a cou­ple of ques­tions about King­fisher nests

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Please can you let me know if King­fish­ers use the same nests ev­ery year, and also, the di­men­sions of their nests? Ge­orgina Spratt

QKing­fisher nests take the form of bur­rows, usu­ally in river­banks, pre­fer­ring sandy soil. The nests are around 6cm in di­am­e­ter, and ex­tend to be­tween 60cm and 90cm into the bank, with a slight slope, and a de­pres­sion at the end to stop the eggs rolling out. Although King­fish­ers will of­ten stake out the same ter­ri­to­ries year in year out, they tend not to re­use their old nests. In fact, once paired, a fe­male King­fisher will not mate at all un­til the male has ex­ca­vated a suit­able nest.


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