In June 2013, Goh Juan Hui documented a variety of food the adult Collared Kingfishers (Todiramphus chloris) brought back to feed the young at the nest. The nest was a small opening of about 4cm diameter found on the vertical wall of a monsoon drain at the forest margin (below left). This opening was towards the top of the wall, well above the water level during rainy periods.
The prey the adults brought back consisted of insects, arachnids, caterpillars, lizards and earthworms (above right). Earthworms were brought back quite a few times immediately after an early afternoon shower.
Although sexes are not distinct, but based on the worn breast feathers from incubating the eggs, the supposedly female was less cautious when bringing food back to the nest. On the other hand the supposedly male was more cautious. The slightest movement within a 30 metre range would send him flying to a nearby tree to wait until the coast was clear. He also brought back bigger prey like the Common Flying Dragon (Draco sumatranus) (above and below).
Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor) (below left) and Garden Supple Skink (Lygosoma bowringii) (below right) were also part of the menu.
The image below shows the Collared Kingfisher with a grasshopper for the young.
Spiders were also brought (below left) as well as caterpillars (below right).
Check out an earlier post on the Collared Kingfisher’s menu for the chicks LINK.
Credit: Goh Juan Hui (images), Subaraj Rajathurai (ID flying dragon, skink).