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Information for Azure Kingfisher - Ceyx azureus

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Azure Kingfisher
Ceyx azureus

A strikingly coloured kingfisher native to Eastern Australia and New Guinea

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Azure Kingfisher - This bird was perched, hunting from an overhanging branch of a side creek of the Daintree River. - Photo by Alex Pawlow

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It is a small bird (only growing to 20cm) with a deep blue azure back and rufous-buff on the breast and flanks.

It can often be encountered perched on a branch at the edge of a river bank (this one was on a side creek of the Daintree River) where it hunts small fish and yabbies.