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Oct 17th, 2018 at 4:41pm
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This is probably a question for Matt Winter but I have just witnessed and partially videoed a Kingfisher kill and start eating a 1/2 grown sparrow. Are they carnivorous? Completely stunned me.
  
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Reply #1 - Oct 17th, 2018 at 7:31pm
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Saw a kingfisher catch and eat a mouse one day surprised me never thought they would or could eat mice. Smiley
  
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Reply #2 - Oct 17th, 2018 at 8:19pm
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This is from 'NZ Birds Online' ......

"In open country insects such as cicadas, beetles, stick insects and weta are caught, along with spiders and small vertebrates, including lizards, mice and small birds."

Be keen to see the footage if you can post it up ??

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Reply #3 - Oct 18th, 2018 at 2:08pm
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Yeah, I used to think they just stayed around tidal zones and ate small fish and stuff.
I have a pair nesting in my orchard and I'm 15 km from the sea. It's pretty cool to see them sitting in the tree tweeting on.
  
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Reply #4 - Oct 23rd, 2018 at 4:37pm
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Girlfriend and I camped out on Great Barrier for a long weekend a few years ago. When we got there a mother duck and her 7 ducklings where living in the creek.
Over the next 3 days all the ducklings were gone - i assume they were all to the kingfishers - but we only saw the last 2 get taken out. Dive bombed, resulting in a pretty nasty head wound and the little fellas where done.
Not sure if it was territorial or not, but they didnt seem to be eating them. Made for a pretty sad spectacle, and a real lonely mother duck by the end....
  

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Reply #5 - Oct 23rd, 2018 at 7:43pm
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Bugger. That may explain the disappearances of many of my ducklings. I have recently seen a Kingfisher on one of my water troughs, and I'm 100km from the sea!!

The ducks do a good job keeping their ducklings hidden, but one weird thing is just how far from water the ducks are nesting. I was pulling broom on a steep hillside in among tall skinny gums with lots of fern under foot and stumbled upon two nests.....only cause the mums shot out like exocet missiles from a meter away. But once the ducklings are hatched shes given them a 500m assault course to reach the ponds??? Is that normal?
  
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Reply #6 - Oct 23rd, 2018 at 11:15pm
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I saw one take a young silver eye once, and have seen them holding mice and skinks at various times in their beaks. I believe mice are a major part of their diet at times. Suspect they could be effected by secondary poisoning like or raptors.
  
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Reply #7 - Oct 25th, 2018 at 6:53pm
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Theyíre from the same family as kookaburras and those buggers eat anything....
  

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Reply #8 - Oct 25th, 2018 at 7:02pm
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I wouldnt think a kingfisher would take ducklings..... or kill for sake of it.... lizards and mouse would be about limit to what they could swallow whole....killing anything else /bigger would be waste of energy and risk of injury for zero return.
  
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Reply #9 - Oct 27th, 2018 at 7:47am
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Iíve watched kookaburra dismantle a snake that was 3 x the size of the bird - decent size tree snake - if they can do it Iím sure kingfishers will dismantle bigger prey
  

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Reply #10 - Oct 27th, 2018 at 8:19am
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ok fair enough...photos anyone????
funniest thing Ive ever seen with birds (Alan should remember this) was a year the cicadas went ballistic and bred in huge numbers....the birdlife was mindblowing ,everything was gorging themselves even wee fantails were in on the abundance....so yeah you could well be onto something Radar.
  
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Reply #11 - Oct 27th, 2018 at 4:47pm
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Once the prey is dead or cannot protect itself most animals can rip what they want off - I can clearly remember seeing pictures of kea attacking snowbound ewes - clearly eating meat - thatís why we had kea guns in the early days
  

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