New Zealand Kingfisher
Item Size: Approximately 15x22cmThe sacred kingfisher is one of the best known birds in New Zealand. A distinctive bird with a green-blue back, buff to yellow undersides and a large black bill. It has a broad black eye-stripe, adults have a white collar. The underparts vary with wear; orange buff to buff when fresh but fading to cream or white when worn.
A wide range of terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates and vertebrates are taken, mostly from the ground, depending on the habitat. Aerial foraging and foraging from flowers and/or leaves has been reported. Kingfishers have been recorded diving up to 1 metre into water to take prey.