Kotare (Kingfisher) Single Sided Wooden Puzzle
Kotare are found widely in New Zealand in a wide range of habitats: the key ingredients are elevated observation posts to hunt from, banks or suitable standing trees to excavate nests in, and open or semi-open habitats which support a range of prey items. A distinctive bird with a green-blue back, buff to yellow undersides and a large black bill. Kotare can be found anywhere where there is water or open country with adjacent elevated perches. In estuarine mudflats the diet is mainly small crabs. In freshwater habitats a range of tadpoles, freshwater crayfish, and small fish are taken. In open country insects such as cicadas, beetles, stick insects and weta are caught, along with spiders and small vertebrates, including lizards, mice and small birds. Kingfishers return to a perch with their prey, where they batter larger items before consumption. Various hunting strategies have been reported where birds sally forth from a perch and return with prey, plunge either shallowly or deeply into water, or probe into rotten logs. Prey are swallowed whole and pellets of indigestible remains are regurgitated.