Collared Kingfisher with Changeable Lizard brunch

“The Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor) is an introduced species that is thriving well here, and is a valuable food source for various predators. Here is one that will fill the stomach of a Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris) for a few days at least…

“The poor lizard was whacked on the branch a few times by the kingfisher until its neck broke, and then swallowed whole.”

Lena Chow
25th February 2012

Note: According to Woodall (2001), the Collared Kingfisher takes agamid lizards, but does not mention the species.

Woodall, P. F., 2001. Family Alcedinidae (Kingfishers). In: del Hoyo, J., A. Elliott & J. Sargatal (eds.), Handbook of the birds of the world. Vol. 6. Mousebirds to Hornbills. Lynx Editions, Barcelona. Pp. 130-249.

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