Story: Wetland birds

Kingfisher at nest hole

Kingfisher at nest hole

Kingfishers tunnel into clay banks or soft wood, hollowing out a nest chamber at the end of the tunnel. They begin by flying into the bank, bill outstretched, repeatedly chiselling until there is a ledge to stand on. The bird’s skull and neck are able to withstand the considerable shock of these impacts.

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Photograph by M. F. Soper

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Christina Troup, 'Wetland birds - Kingfishers and fernbirds – wetland margins', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/14668/kingfisher-at-nest-hole (accessed 6 July 2020)

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