Story: Wetland birds

Kingfisher with lizard

Kingfisher with lizard

Farmer and naturalist Herbert Guthrie-Smith took this photo of a kingfisher with a lizard in its bill, probably in the early 20th century. Kingfishers’ diet saved them from being eaten by many Māori – geckos were feared, and a person eating a kingfisher might be indirectly consuming a gecko.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: A.001985
Photograph by William Herbert Guthrie-Smith

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How to cite this page:

Christina Troup, 'Wetland birds - Kingfishers and fernbirds – wetland margins', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2023)

Story by Christina Troup, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015