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#ThreatenedThursday: Tasmanian Azure Kingfisher​

#ThreatenedThursday: Tasmanian Azure Kingfisher​

October 10, 2018


SPECIES:
Tasmanian Azure Kingfisher (Ceyx azureus diemenensis)

CLASSIFICATION:
Endangered

Found only in Tasmania, and thought to be around 250 birds in extistence, the Tasmanian Azure Kingfisher is a small and brilliantly coloured bird prefering to dwell under the forest vegetation. Their nests are drilled holes into river banks that begin with a burrow leading to a larger nest chamber. Land clearing is the largest threat to the survival of this bird species. Other causes for population decline include pollution and destruction of waterways, destroying nesting habitat.


Photo: By JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15…