Pied kingfisher feeding
Fishing
The pied kingfisher feeds mainly on fish, although it will take crustaceans and large aquatic insects such as dragonfly larvae.
They can deal with prey without returning to a perch, often swallowing small prey in flight, and so can hunt over large water bodies or in estuaries that lack perches that are required by other kingfishers.
The breeding season is February to April. Its nest is a hole excavated in a vertical mud bank about five feet above water. The nest tunnel is 4 to 5 feet deep and ends in a chamber. Several birds may nest in the same vicinity. The usual clutch is 3 to 6 white eggs.
Adult kingfishers will regurgitate three to four pellets of undigested bones per day, but hatchlings will digest most of the bones and regurgitate only one pellet per day, absorbing more calcium to support their own bone growth.
This particular kingfisher delivered some of the fished it caught to the nest, sometimes spending a while waiting to gain entrance.
But it also filled its own belly.