|Azure Kingfisher Ceyx azureus
(aka Alcedo azurea)
The Azure Kingfisher is distributed in northern, eastern and south-eastern Australia, including Tasmania and in Papua New Guinea and nearby islands. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found on rivers inland and on the coast as well as creeks and lagoons but it requires wooded banks on which to perch while fishing.
|It is a deep royal blue above with white tufts behind the "ears", a buffy spot in front of the eyes, orange-rufous below, a black bill with whitish tip and red legs. Photo 1 from Victoria shows the nominate sub-species while photos 2 to 4 are from Kakadu, Northern Territory, and show the more vividly coloured sub-species C. a. ruficollaris.|
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