Wild Birds

Water Kingfishers

The Water Kingfishers (Cerylidae) – also known as Cerylid Kingfishers.

They have been named for their “fish-eating” habits. They will perch quietly on a low branch close to water before plunging in head first after small fish or tadpoles. They will also hawk for insects.

They are quite tame, but easily overlooked as they sit silently amongst riverside branches.

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Water Kingfishers are grouped in three genera and 9 species:


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