Azure Kingfishers

To: N & J Russill <>
Subject: Azure Kingfishers
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Wed, 02 Jun 2004 16:40:46 +1000
Dear Judi and Neil,
Sounds like courtship behaviour. Some years ago Ellen McCulloch
described a 'wing-waving' display by Azure KFs in which the birds
perched opposite each other with wings spread and waved them for some
time. This appeared in the 'Australian Bird Watcher'. I think the
reference may be given in HANZAB. 
  Azures are beautiful birds at any time, but these displays must be
something extra. One reason for having a video camera I suppose.
 Anthea Fleming 
in chilly Melbourne  
N & J Russill wrote:
> At Currawong Flat Royal National Park (south of Sydney) on 1st. June
> we
> witnessed some interesting behaviour by two Azure Kingfishers.
> They were both on the ground, a grassy bank beside the Hacking River.
> Standing close to and facing each other.  They were bowing to each
> other,
> then flicking their wings occasionally.  This behaviour continued for
> at
> least 5 minutes.  Then they flew around each other in tight small
> circles
> just above the water surface, close to the bank.   Water splashed up
> as they
> lightly touched the water surface.  They landed on a small half
> submerged
> log and then facing each other again, they continued bowing to each
> other.
> This continued for another few minutes and then they flew again in
> tight
> small circles over the log once again touching the water.  This action
> was
> repeated several times before each flew up and landed in separate
> trees
> nearby before flying off in different directions.
> Has anyone witnessed this behaviour?.  It seemed different to the
> chasing
> flight of territorial behaviour, however, there are quite a few Azure
> Kingfishers along the river at present.  This isn't usually their
> courting/nesting period although the drought may have had some effect,
> although the river level is fine.  We would be interested to hear any
> pertinent comments.  Judi & Neil Russill
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