IUCN threat status:

Near Threatened (NT)

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Like other kingfishers, the silvery kingfisher makes spectacular dives into the water to capture its prey. It sits still on a low perch, watching carefully for the movement of a small fish or crab. When spotted, it dives into the water and returns to its perch with its meal (2) (3). Kingfishers often stun their slippery prey by beating it on a hard surface to make it easier to control and swallow (4). The silvery kingfisher nests in holes in streamside banks. Information regarding its breeding biology is limited to a female with an enlarged ovary collected in May, and juveniles collected in April to May (2), therefore its is assumed that eggs are laid in February and March (5).


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