Kingfishers tunnel into clay banks or soft wood, hollowing out a nest chamber at the end of the tunnel. They begin by flying into the bank, bill outstretched, repeatedly chiselling until there is a ledge to stand on. The bird’s skull and neck are able to withstand the considerable shock of these impacts.
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Department of Conservation
Photograph by M. F. Soper
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