16 July 2019 Birds

Kotare, Kingfisher

A protected native bird. Common in the arboretum and district. They nest in holes in the banks and rocks on the slopes. To start a tunnel they sit on a branch slightly above and several feet away and fly straight at it, neck outstretched and strikes it with the bill tip. They continue until the hole is big enough to perch in and the rest is picked and scooped out. Many visitors pass within feet of the Kingfisher’s nest unaware of the presence. Loud screeching as you pass may well indicate the presence of a nest close by.