Kingfisher | Kotare
Sacred Kingfisher | Kotare
New Zealand local bird Kingfisher
There are over 100 species of kingfisher worldwide, but only the Sacred Kingfisher, Todiramphus Sanctus breed in New Zealand. It is also locally known for its Maori name Kotare.
According to Polynesian legend, the Sacred Kingfisher is believed to have power over the ocean and waves. It is a vividly coloured bird that can be easily spotted in the wild with a size of 24cm. It’s distinct green and blue colours, beige to yellowish underparts and the large, dark, broad bill makes it one of the most attractive bird in the wildlife. Lucky for us at The Rock NZ, the sacred kingfishers sometimes grace us with their beauty in the Bay of Islands.
Where can you find the Kotare?
Kotare is the native kingfisher of New Zealand so it is common throughout the country. It is also seen in neighbouring countries like Australia, Indonesia and much of the northern Polynesian Islands. They tend to migrate to different places during the winter and breeding season. Kotare inhabits estuaries, forests and rocky coastlines where there is a source of water. You'll often find them perched on powerlines, branches or rocks near the water. Water is vital for their survival as the main source of their food. During most of our island stopovers, The Rock Crew always keep an eye out for any Kotare encounters in the Bay of Islands.
What does Kotare usually eat?
Sacred Kingfishers don’t necessarilly only feed on fish. Their diet depends on their location and whatever terrestrial aquatic vertebrate and invertebrate are available. Such as earthworms, insects, beetles, crustaceans, baby crabs and fish. Kingfishers can dive up to 2 cm to snatch their prey in the water. The important thing is for them to have a post to perch where they can observe their prey.
Fortunately, the Kotare population has been increasing and no alarming decrease in its population has been reported. We can enjoy observing the beautiful all throughout New Zealand. Here at The Rock Adventure Cruise, we are committed to preserving nature’s beauty and protecting the environment for our future generations to enjoy. Find out about the Tiaki promise our commitment to protect the homeland and be part of it. Read more about it here.
Find out about our different types of cruises available and see which one fits you. Learn more about it here.
If you’re interested in booking now, Click here.
"Anyone considering this, consider no more and just book it! This was one of my first experiences solo travelling up in the north after a tour and as...
"The crew on The Rock are so friendly! The boat is an old ferry and has a lot of character. I’m sure there are plenty of other positive reviews, so...
"To start the crew aboard was absolutely fantastic and easy going. Just having them be the leaders of our stay made it very relaxed as if you were traveling...
"The crew are wonderful and swimming in the fluorescent algae was one of the most surreal and beautiful moments of my life. Highly highly recommended!"
"The entire tour from start to finish was incredible. There was a constant stream of activities and you could pick and choose what you wished to do. We shot...