The nest is at the end of a burrow dug out of soil in a riverbank. Explore our vital programs, which focus conservation efforts on what needs to be done so that Australia's birds and their habitats flourish. The azure kingfisher measures 17–19 cm (6.7–7.5 in) in length,[2] and the male weighs 29–32 g (1.0–1.1 oz) while the female is slightly heavier at 31–35 g (1.1–1.2 oz). Azure kingfishers are piscivores, they mainly eat fish, crustaceans, aquatic insects, other invertebrates, and sometimes frogs. Comparing subspecific variation with climate data, the former's pattern does not follow and in some instances runs contrary to Bergmann's Rule and Gloger's Rule. [3] The Azure Kingfisher has a similar shape to the Little Kingfisher, A. pusilla, but is much bigger and is distinguished by its orange underparts and violet sheen. By joining the biggest community of bird lovers in Australia, you can help us make a positive impact on the future of our native birdlife. In, 10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22683045A92975058.en, "Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird-names", The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds, Photos, audio and video of azure kingfisher, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Azure_kingfisher&oldid=976545789, Articles containing Ancient Greek (to 1453)-language text, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. [5][3], The generic name Ceyx (/ˈsiːɪks/) derives from Ancient Greek: Κήϋξ, romanized: Kēüx, a mythological seabird that was drowned at sea and then found washed ashore by his wife Alcyone, after which both were metamorphosed into kingfishers. [4] Its voice is a high-pitched, shrill "pseet-pseet", often in flight. Want to know all about our native birds? If we saw light reflected directly from their wings we would see brown, but the light is bouncing around the structure of their wings. Our members' magazine, journals, newsletters, and reports are all world-class. The azure kingfisher (Ceyx azureus) is a small kingfisher in the river kingfisher subfamily, Alcedininae.[2]. You may have had the briefest glimpse or heard a snatch of its song, or perhaps it was a bird you have never seen before. With stunning images of featured species and some recordings of their songs and calls, you are sure to find that mystery bird, or learn more about species you already know. Currently this species is classified as Least Concern (LC), however, their numbers today are decreasing. [4] The feet are red with only two forward toes. Climb aboard the only historic timber ferry, for the perfect hour cruise for the whole family. It is much smaller and has a shorter tail than most of the Todiramphus kingfishers, which have white underparts and black legs, and differs in particular from the similarly sized Forest Kingfisher, T. macleayii, which has white underparts and a turquoise/green tint rather than violet/purple. The Azure Kingfisher is never far from water, preferring freshwater rivers and creeks as well as billabongs, lakes, swamps and dams, usually in shady overhanging vegetation. ABN Report. Then the bird flips its prey around until the head is in its mouth, so it can swallow it head first and whole to avoid being cut by the bones or scales. Azure Kingfisher Pty Ltd (ABN 93 606 764 336) an Australian Private Company with an address in Queensland has had an active ABN from Tuesday, 30th June 2015 and is registered for GST. The sexes are similar. White-throated Honeyeater, Olive-backed Oriole, Varied Trillers and Azure Kingfisher added a splash of colour in the mangroves. They will often bash their prey against the perch before swallowing it head first. There are many ways for keen bird lovers to get involved. [3][2], Although the population of azure kingfishers is decreasing, their wide distribution enables classification as a species of least concern on the IUCN Red List. The neck has a distinctive orange stripe on each side and there is a small orange spot before each eye. The legs and feet are red. [3] The nest is in a chamber at the end of a 1 m (3 ft 3 in) long burrow in an earthen creek bank. The breeding season of the azure kingfisher is from September to April in northern Australia and from August to February in southern Australia, sometimes with two broods. "Azure Kingfisher (Ceyx azureus), version 1.0." We are the Australian partner of BirdLife International, Key Biodiversity Areas: Nature's Hotspots, 2019 BirdLife Photography Biennial Conference. [6], The azure kingfisher is found in northern and eastern Australia and Tasmania, as well as the lowlands of New Guinea and neighbouring islands, and out to North Maluku and Romang. The Azure kingfisher lives in Tasmania and Northern and Eastern Australia, the lowlands of New Guinea and the neighboring islands, and on North Maluku and Romang, and are found in streams and rivers, billabongs (small, stagnant lakes joined to waterways), swamps, mangroves, tidal estuaries, lagoons and various other bodies of water that have low, overhanging branches. The iridescent coloring we see is due to a difference between structural and pigmented coloration. Their flight is direct and quick. Most kingfisher species are solitary, only pairing up with a mate during breeding season. Azure Kingfisher Pty Ltd ABN and other business information @ ABN Report. Discover and identify the urban birds in your backyard. We have a long history of expertise in the science of bird conservation. The head, neck, upper parts and breast sides are deep azure blue with a violet (purplish) sheen. The members of BirdLife Australia, along with our supporters and partners, have been powerful advocates for native birds and the conservation of their habitats since 1901. An Azure kingfisher is a small aquatic kingfisher. This diminutive species inhabits the vegetation beside waterways and other wetlands, where it often perches on low, overhanging branches, searching for its prey of fish, crustaceans and aquatic insects, captured by shallow plunging into the water. We hold regular events and activities throughout the year and some have been taking place for decades. According to IUCN, Azure kingfisher is widespread throughout its extremely large range but no overall population estimate is available. The H.L. Made from a sustainable bamboo and cotton blen… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…, The winners of the 2020 Birdlife Australia Photography Awards are in! Join as a member, volunteer, make a donation or a bequest. Canal Cruise ferry takes you through the magnificent Mooloolah River, canal system and the famous Mooloolaba Harbor. They can eat snakes in the same way. Azure Kingfisher Pty Ltd ABN Report. The azure kingfisher measures 17–19 cm (6.7–7.5 in) in length, and the male weighs 29–32 g (1.0–1.1 oz) while the female is slightly heavier at 31–35 g (1.1–1.2 oz). White Library is the most comprehensive ornithological library in Australia, containing thousands of books, journals, and media about birds and related topics. To catch a fish they stab it, with either a closed or open bill, depending on the prey’s size, and kill it by beating it on the ground or their perch to break the bones.