Kingfishers – The Expert Fishermen Birds
Why do you think kingfishers were given their name? If you guessed because they’re expert fishermen, you’re right. Kingfishers eat fish and crayfish. They live in burrows on the edges of streams, lakes and ponds. To catch fish, they lazily fly over the water, swooping down to spear a fish with their sharp beaks. Sometimes they perch in a branch near a river and dive when they see a fish.
The banded kingfisher is the most common species in America. It has grayish-blue feathers with a band of rust-colored feathers on its chest. In other parts of the world, kingfishers are often brilliant blue with orange chests.
Fun Facts about Kingfishers for Kids
- Kingfishers have a hard beak like a dagger for spearing fish.
- Female kingfishers are more colorful than males.
- Kingfishers make dry, loud screeching sounds.
- In the winter, kingfishers migrate to areas where the water is not frozen.
- A pair of kingfishers work together to build burrows along the edges of streams or rivers.
- A borrow might be 3 to 8 feet long.
- Burrow: hole in the ground
- Pond: a small lake
- Swoop: sudden downward movement
- Perch: rest or sit
- Brilliant: bright, colorful
Learn More All About Kingfishers
Check out this cool video of a kingfisher:
A slow motion video of a kingfisher catching fish.
Question: What do baby kingfishers eat?
Answer: Baby kingfishers eat fish. Their stomachs contain acid to dissolve bones, skin and scales.
Question: How big are kingfishers?
Answer: Most kingfishers are about 13 inches long – larger than a robin, but a bit smaller than a seagull.
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