Usually observed as a flash of blue and orange from a riverbank, most people are aware of Kingfishers, but few of us are familiar with the intricacies of their day-to-day lives.
With their long, dagger-like bills, bright blue plumage and characteristic fast, low flight over water, Common Kingfishers are instantly recognizable thanks to a massive range that stretches from Ireland, across Europe, North Africa and Asia as far as Australasia. The 90 or so species that belong to this colorful family have a cosmopolitan distribution and, in Spotlight Kingfishers, David Chandler celebrates their remarkable existence, studying their unique adaptationsincluding their ability to see prey under waterand examines their courtship, breeding and feeding habits. David investigates historical threats to Kingfisher populations, considers their future, and offers practical advice on how to find and see these glorious birds.
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About the Author
David Chandler is based in Cambridge, and worked for the RSPB and BirdLife International for nearly 20 years. He is now a freelance writer and ornithologist and has authored a number of titles, including the RSPB Children's Guide to Birdwatching and All About Garden Wildlife.
Table of Contents
1. Meet the Kingfisher
2. The Kingfisher family
3. Home and away: habitat and movements
4. Catching fish... and more
5. Finding and keeping a territory
6. A mate and a tunnel
7. From egg to adult
8. Life and death on the riverbank
9. Past imperfect: future tense?
10. How to see a Kingfisher