(Halcyon sancta) Kotare
The sacred kingfisher is widely distributed throughout the Pacific, the New Zealand subspecies is vagans. It occupies a variety of habitats from coastal to well inland in forests. They are common birds, but it is not always easy to get a good view. The bird pictured was one Karen raised from a chick when it's nest was accidentally destroyed.
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