AZURE KINGFISHER FACTS
The Azure Kingfisher is a small azure blue kingfisher black bill and a short tail. The neck has an orange stripe on each side. The throat is washed with orange becoming more reddish on belly. The legs and feet are red. Males and females are similar. Immatures have darker head and duller colours.
Common Skylark, English Skylark, Northern Skylark
near rivers, creeks, billabongs, lakes and swamps. Often seen in overhanging vegetation
fish, crustaceans, aquatic insects and other invertebrates
Nests at the end of a burrow dug out of soil in a riverbank. The tunnel is about 1m long and slopes upwards to the nesting chamber. Lays 4-7 eggs.
northern and eastern Australia from Western Australia across top end of Northern Territory and down length of Queensland to Victoria. Also found in New Guinea and neighbouring islands.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
How to identify common kingfishers. Little Kingfisher - very small blue kingfisher with small white patch on neck. Azure Kingfisher - orange underparts and violet sheen. Forest kingfisher - turquoise green head and back with white underparts and black legs. Sacred kingfisher - torquoise back with dark head, cream collar and dark eye stripe.
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Relatives in same Genus
Little Kingfisher (A. pusilla)