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Birds of Egypt: “Fairuz,” The Collared Kingfisher

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This bright little beauty is what a cheap firework dreams of being when it grows up.
“Fairuz,” or, as this word is translated into English, “Turquoise,” is this gorgeous bird’s name in Egypt. They are outstanding fishers, diving for their prey from high in the air. Collared Kingfishers often hang out around the canals lining two sides of our property, and I love to watch them flapping their wings as they hover in place above the water. Soon the moment is right and he flashes like the blue flame of a match being thrown into the water. I swear the water sizzles instead of splashes as he dives, spearing or catching the little fish with his long, sharp bill.
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