Who’s A Pretty Bird
Kingfishers are small or medium-sized birds, famous for their long sharp beaks and colourful bodies. They often have bright bellies and deep blue or green wings. They live in forests, usually near the water, and can be found all over the world, except for South America and the icy north and south poles.
The name ‘kingfisher’ came about because these beautiful birds are great at catching and eating fish! They actually use their beaks to spear small fish in the water and then gobble them up. Some kingfishers are also known to eat frogs, worms, spiders, and even small snakes!
A Feathered Family
A kingfisher’s bird call is used to mark its territory as well as to talk to other birds. Kingfishers mate for life and live as a family in burrows near the water, which are usually very messy – you’ll often find fish bones and droppings all over the place! Eww!
Kingfishers like to keep clean. They are known to take baths by diving into the water and wetting their wings before sitting on a sunny rock or branch to dry. They keep their beaks clean and sharp by scraping them against branches.