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With its electric blue back and orange underparts, the brightly coloured kingfisher is a distinctive bird seen throughout the year on many Norfolk rivers and in the Norfolk Broads.

Conservation status

Kingfisher numbers in Norfolk have probably increased in recent years with milder winters undoubtedly enabling greater numbers to survive the winter. In England, however, kingfisher numbers have declined perhaps because of factors such as river pollution, wetland drainage and clearance of bank side vegetation. While the species has been recorded in many areas of the country, the number of known breeding areas is surprisingly small.

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Did you know?

It was once thought that wearing a kingfisher’s feather protected the wearer from being struck by lightning.

The bright colours of kingfisher feathers are not due to pigments but caused by the way the feather reflects light.

Kingfishers were a favourite target for taxidermists in the past and sadly many were shot in Norfolk in late Victorian days and ended up stuffed in glass cases.

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