Kingfisher is quite an unusual name to be given to a bird. But if you think about it, it is actually the best name that could have been given to this particular bird. If you don’t already know why then let us tell you.

Kingfishers are a small to medium-sized bird which are expert fishers. To catch fish, they fly over the water and swoop down to spear a fish with their sharp beaks.

There are 87 species of kingfisher that can be divided in three major groups: river kingfishers, tree kingfishers and water kingfishers.

Kingfisher is a carnivore. Its diet is based on the fish, crayfish (fishes that resemble lobsters), frogs and snails.

Tree kingfishers do not eat fish. They live in the forested areas and hunt and eat insects and other arthropods.

They live along banks of rivers and lakes, forest and open woodland, a few species along seashores or in deserts.

Fun Facts

👉 Kingfisher’s beak is specifically designed like a dagger to spearing fish.

👉 Many young kingfishers drown shortly after leaving the nest due to lack of flying experience.

👉 Kingfisher has an average lifespan of 6 to 10 years.

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