Akshay Charegaonkar

Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx erithaca)

These beautiful birds are monsoon visitors to the Konkan coast of Maharashtra state in India.

The mud on his bill is from digging a nest hole for his brood. They make a nest hole in the muddy banks of streams deep inside forests. Both males and females contribute to the digging of the nest and both share turns incubating the eggs as well.

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