Kingfisher is favourite bird of many wild life photographer. Capturing their image with Kill & flying mode is dream of every photographer.
Kingfishers is beautiful small to medium size bird. Well known for their bright coloured feathers which range in colour from black, red and green. You will find them seating on branches of tress nearby river, lake, ponds in search of prey. There are roughly 90 species of kingfishers in the world, out of which 12 are found in India.
There are three main types of kingfisher around the globe which are the river kingfisher, the tree kingfisher and the water kingfisher all of which have large heads, long sharp pointed bills, short legs, and stubby tails. Female kingfisher are more colourful than male. There are 4 species of Kingfisher found in Navi Mumbai till now, they are Common kingfisher, White breasted Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, and Black Capped Kingfisher.
They consume a wide range of prey usually caught by swooping down from a perch. While kingfishers are usually thought to live near rivers and eat fish, many species live away from water and eat small invertebrates. Kingfishers are territorial, you will find them in particular territory. Median life expectancy is 6 to 14 years, depending on species.
Kingfishers don’t build nests of sticks or plants. Instead, they nest in burrows that they dig into dirt banks, tree cavities, or old termite mounds. Kingfisher make dry, loud screeching sound. Kingfisher fly at one pace, but they can hover when fishing. White breasted Kingfisher is state bird of West Bengal.
Some species defending their territories vigorously. All kingfishers have excellent vision and can see into the water even adjusting for refraction, which can make a fish look closer to the surface than it really is.