• A kingfisher from the subfamily halcyoninae (which represent tree kingfishers), the white-breasted kingfisher finds itself at home in a woody environment, which enables it to stick to a large part of its diet plan — unsuspecting insects, rodents and frogs and not to forget, weeny-little birds.
  • In Chennai, there is the possibility of getting to know two other kingfisher subfamilies, each bringing their own character to the dinner table.
  • The common kingfisher represents the subfamily alcedininae (river kingfishers), and the pied kingfisher, cerylonidae (water kingfishers).
  • Both these kingfishers are skilful at snaring fish, and crustaceans are a secondary and minor part of their diet.
  • The fishing style of the pied kingfishers can be fairly described only if grand idioms from art, cricket and aeronautics are borrowed.
  • The pied kingfisher hovers over the waters, before making the dive to get its prey.
  • The controlled hovering seems to achieve the same effect as the backward movement that a fast bowler achieves after the bound, to rest his back foot.
  • It’s this movement in bowling and the hovering (essentially, a bit of sustained holding-back) in fishing that generates some extremely useful extra power.