[Fwd: late breeding for sacred kingfishers]

Subject: [Fwd: late breeding for sacred kingfishers]
From: Jill Molan <>
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 10:24:01 +1100

Recent emails about late breeding for King Parrots led me think to post this -

Last Sunday afternoon 11/3 I was at Gum Swamp, outside Forbes NSW (after the ABSA meeting on Saturday which was very good, thanks to the organisers). I saw a Sacred Kingfisher feeding two young which were very demanding and following it closely wherever it went. The dusk was gathering and I had the impression that the birds weren't going to be going to bed with full tummies, the adult was running out of light for hunting and was having trouble keeping up the food to them. I could also hear the sound of what i thought was a third young calling further away, altho I couldn't locate it to confirm that it was. I only saw the one adult at a time feeding the two young that were hanging together, and I had the impression that it was the same adult - going by the ruffled and slightly ratty looking plumage.

I thought this quite late for Sacred Kingfishers to still be feeding young - what do others think? I thought that they would be getting ready to fly north by now normally. Would this be a second brood possibly, or a late brood after an unsuccessful first one? Or perhaps it's normal? I'd be interested to know what others have found.

South of Sydney, NSW

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