Kingfisher (Kotare) 24cm
The Kingfisher is one of the birds which appears to have taken full advantage of the rat eradication programme in Omokoroa. While out walking on our many beautiful walkways, you may hear the Kingfisher's call, a rarity several years ago. They nest in knot holes, hollow branches of trees or in holes they have made in clay banks. A tunnel is started by flying straight at the bank and striking it with the bill tip, which continues until the burrow is large enough to perch on. Then the rest is pecked and scooped out. They lay 3-7 eggs. Kingfishers make a beautiful sight, perched on rocks or branches near the water looking for food. Suddenly, with a flash of blue they make a strike.