Leaving its nest in a tunnel in a river bank, this smallish bird (28cm), pirouettes on the wing as she rockets low across inland rivers in seach of the native bee which is a substantial part of her diet. Once the sting is rendered harmless, the bee is killed before being consumed. The exquisite tail feathers are shorter in the female. It is part of the Kingfisher family, as is the more well-known Laughing Kookaburra.
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