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Taking the Plunge: Amazon Kingfisher


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AMAZON-KINGFISHER_Greg-Homel.jpgThis kingfisher wields a spear-like bill that helps make it an expert fisherman. Amazon Kingfishers have well-developed vision and depth perception, adaptations to their plunge-diving hunting method that also enhance the birds' fishing prowess. They see colors distinctly, and fully closing nictitating membranes (third eyelids) protect their eyes when they hit the water.

 

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