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sacred kingfisher (kotare)

todiramphus sanctus


beautiful,blue tail and wings, long beak,




it is called "sacred" for it said to be a holy bird for polynesians who believed it to have contol over the waves. likewise the local subspecies of collared kingfisher and other kingfisher in the southwestern pacific ascribed venerable power over ocean.

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Waikato, New Zealand

Spotted on Jun 2, 2014
Submitted on Jun 2, 2014

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