They perch quietly above creeks and rivers until they see a fish then plunge head first into the water to catch a meal.
Azure Kingfisher They perch quietly above creeks and rivers until they see a fish then plunge head first into the water to catch a meal. © Louise Denton

Australian Animals

Keen on Kingfishers

Australia is blessed with ten native species of kingfishers (plus up to five other species that occasionally visit from Papua New Guinea and Indonesia) from the tiny Little Kingfisher to the biggest of them all – the Laughing Kookaburra.

Azure Kingfisher

Found across eastern and northern Australia, the Azure Kingfisher is, as its name suggests, and excellent fish catcher. They perch quietly above creeks and rivers until they see a fish then plunge head first into the water to catch a meal.

Found across eastern and northern Australia, the Azure Kingfisher is, as its name suggests, and excellent fish catcher.
Azure Kingfisher Found across eastern and northern Australia, the Azure Kingfisher is, as its name suggests, and excellent fish catcher. © DENNIS J WEHNER PHOTOGRAPHY

Sacred Kingfisher

Found throughout much of mainland Australia, the Sacred Kingfisher has a more varied diet often eating insects and lizards as well as fish. They nest in hollow tree limbs or burrows they dig into river banks or termite mounds.

Australia is blessed with ten native species of kingfishers.
Sacred Kingfisher Australia is blessed with ten native species of kingfishers. © Anita Payne

Forest Kingfisher

The Forest Kingfisher moves around a lot only visiting the southern part of their eastern Australia range in the summer. In the non-breeding season they migrate  to northern Australia or even further to Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

also known as tree kingfishers.
Forest Kingfishers also known as tree kingfishers. © Beau Meney