The Coraciiformes (scientific name) or kingfisher is a small-to-medium-sized brightly coloured bird that has a very cosmopolitan distribution throughout the world. Its plumage is bright, generally blue and green in colour. This is a result of the structure of its feathers which scatters blue light. It has bill like that of a stork to help catch food. Its height can vary on account of the species and geographic distribution, anywhere from 4 inches to 18 inches. Its favourite food is fish, but it also eats insects and small vertebrates. It nests in tree-hollows or holes dug in the ground. An average-sized clutch could include up to 10 eggs, and the incubation period is 3-4 weeks. Its IUCN listing is THREATENED.

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