Picture 1 A ruddy kingfisher with a centipede in its beak.
Picture 2 A pair of ruddy kingfishers. The bird on the left has a lizard in its beak.
Picture 3 A fledgling whose feather, beak and legs aren't as ruddy as those of an adult yet.
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( Scientific name: Halcyon coromanda . )
* When you hear the familiar song of a bird like kiorororo in a falling tone at the end of April or the beginning of May, you know ruddy kingfishers are back again. This species,whose whole body is vermilion, belongs to alcedinidae (the halcyon family). It is called kukkaru in Amami dialect.
* Ruddy kingfishers lay eggs from June to July, making use of small caves on riverbanks or hollows of trees. They catch fish, crabs, frogs, insects like grasshoppers and cicadas, centipedes, lizards and even small snakes.
* At the end of October they are no longer to be seen because they fly away to Southeast Asia for the winter. The ruddy kingfishers that breed in Amami and Okinawa are said to be subspecific, so that they are often called Ryukyu-Akashobin, to make a distinction from those on the Mainland.
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