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Azure Kingfisher

The Azure Kingfisher (Ceyx azureus) is the smallest of the three kingfishers in the wetlands, the other two being the Sacred Kingfisher and the Kookaburra. Rarely found far from water they are often seen perched above water looking intently for prey. They eat fish, frogs and aquatic invertebrates which they kill by bashing them against a tree or rock. Azure Kingfishers are territorial and nest in burrows on the river banks.
Because of their size Azure Kingfishers are not easily seen in the wetland but the stunning blue plumage (and pink feet) makes them obvious if you look carefully. They can be found along both branches of the Yea River and in particular around the Frog Pond when it has water.

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