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  • n. Plural form of kingfisher.


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  • It was said that they were changed into the birds which we call kingfishers, a story which, probably, has no other foundation than the name of

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  • When Halcyone plunged into the sea in despair after the shipwreck and death of her husband King Ceyx, Thetis transformed both husband and wife into the birds called kingfishers (halcyones), which, with the tender affection which characterized the unfortunate couple, always fly in pairs.

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  • Recent studies have indicated high levels of mercury in birds such as kingfishers and raptors, as well as in native fish.

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  • The park diverse wildlife including proboscis monkeys, long-tailed macaques, has on area of 16 of primary forest with an abundance monitor lizards, estuarine crocodiles (crocodylus porosus) and birds of botanical treasures made up of 25 types of vegetation. such as kingfishers, white-bellied eagles, various wading birds and Amongst this plant life is the carnivorous pitcher plant.

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  • The live locations include the wetlands at Slimbridge reserve in Gloucestershire, where kingfishers, otters and 35,000 wildfowl are all potential stars, and the National Arboretum at Westonbirt, which will probably be worth a visit for the stunning seasonal colours alone.

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  • It is regarded as one of the most environmentally important stretches of countryside in Snowdonia because it is untouched by intensive farming and is home to many wildlife species of international importance such as kingfishers, otters and the chough.

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  • We glide beneath a rainbow of feathers, from tropic cormorants to Amazon kingfishers to green herons.

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  • And there is a feast of birds....weavers, kingfishers, darters, cranes, herons, and of course, Egyptian geese flying in wedges around our craft.

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  • But while another cold winter will be good for bats and other hibernating species such as hedgehogs, species such as kingfishers may struggle due to the difficulty in finding food in frozen conditions.

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  • Try a spot of wild swimming or fishing, or hire a canoe from the friendly owners £30 per day and set off on your own voyage of discovery, looking out for kingfishers, swans and the elusive otters.

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