A2Z 2021 – Birds – Kingfisher

Image by Timo Schlüter from Pixabay

  • Physical Description: A small bird with a long pointed beak, the belted kingfisher has a slate-blue head with a crest, a slate-blue back, a white front, and a white collar around its neck. The female has additional rust-colored markings along her chest and sides and is more brightly colored than the male.
  • Geographic Distribution: Most kingfisher species are found in the Old World, but the belted kingfisher is found throughout North and Central America.
  • Environment: The belted kingfisher lives near bodies of water such as rivers, streams, ponds, and lakes.

Myths, Folklore, and Cultural Associations

In general, the kingfisher is seen as a symbol of protection and a good luck charm. Legend has it that the Old World kingfisher had more muted colors than the belted kingfisher of the Americas. Supposedly the belted kingfisher received its beautifully colored plumage when it was the first bird released from the Ark after the flood waters were confirmed to have receded, and therefore was the only bird to catch the final rays of the setting sun on its breast and the blue of the twilight sky on its back.

One family of the kingfisher suborder is named Halcyonidae, derived from the same root as our word “halcyon,” meaning idyllic, peaceful, or nostalgic. Greek mythology gives us the story of Alcyone, the daughter of Aeolus (king of the winds), who drowned herself in grief when she discovered that her husband had drowned.

Herbert James Draper – Alcyone searches for Ceyx

The gods rewarded her devotion by turning her into a kingfisher, and Aeolus forbade the winds to blow during the halcyon days (the seven days before and after the winter solstice) so that the kingfisher could lay its eggs. The fabled “halcyon bird” was said to build its nest on the water itself, something that could only be done during the halcyon days when the seas were calm.

In old Europe, carrying a kingfisher feather was thought to provide protection from misfortune. Hanging a dead kingfisher by a string was thought to serve as a wind indicator, as the bird’s beak was said to point in the direction from which the wind would come

Omens and Divinatory Meaning

Sighting a kingfisher is, in general, a lucky thing. Noting which way the kingfisher was facing may be valuable, as this may be the direction from which good news or an opportunity will come to you.

The kingfisher may bear the message for you to be the one who calms troubled waters, as the legendary halcyon bird was said to do. The halcyon is also said to have possessed the ability to calm winds – you may be the one with the power to clear up muddled communication that’s dogging a particular situation in your life.

The halcyon connection may also be a message to evoke some wonderful memories of your past in order to enrich the present.

Associated Energies: Precision, timing, good fortune, peace, calm
Associated Season: Summer
Element Associations: Air, Water
Color Association: Grey, blue, white, rust, green, red

REFERENCE: Birds, a Spiritual Field Guide, Explore the Symbology & Significance of These Divine Winged Messengers by Arin Murphy-Hiscock

Reflections

Wow, I love this kingfisher’s hair do! It’s like a mohawk! 🙂 The featured photo also reminds me of a picture that a fellow blogger features, Christine Bolton at Poetry for Healing.

“…evoke some wonderful memories of your past in order to enrich the present.”

Last night, I was hooked on reading a book to the very end. It’s called the Midnight Library. It’s made me think of all my own experiences in my life that has led me where I’m at today.

“you may be the one with the power to clear up muddled communication that’s dogging a particular situation in your life…”

There’s some things I want to take initiative on soon amongst my friends and family!

18 Comments Add yours

  1. Love Kingfishers and I enjoy your words Thanks. I will follow your blog.

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I think your blog provides quite the adventure! Curiously enough, I’ve always wondered what it was like to be in a safari tour. 🙂

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      1. Safaris are quite an adventure..for me..I love exploring our world 🌎

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  2. porngirl3 says:

    Beautiful bird. Can’t say I’ve ever seen one IRL

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      It sure is! The blue shimmer is striking. Perhaps one day you’ll get a chance to see one while out and about. 🙂

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      1. porngirl3 says:

        It is very striking. I love bird watching. Have you read that study that showed that people that live closer to birds are happier? Something about the birds chirping. It’s a beautiful thought.

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  3. Such a pretty bird! ^__^

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      🙂 To get a chance to see them sounds like winning a lottery ticket. “The river is such a tranquil place, a place to sit and think of romance and the beauty of nature, to enjoy the elegance of swans and the chance of a glimpse of a kingfisher.” ― Jane Wilson-Howarth, Snowfed Waters

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  4. VJ Knutson says:

    I always joyful when I hear a Kingfisher trill. Memories of childhood, but it is more than that. The Kingfisher is elusive and will not always sit for a photograph – but when it does….

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      What a lovely memory! This elusive quality was unknown to me before now. I can’t imagine the quality of the zoom lens the photographers must have had in order to capture one on camera before scaring them.

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      1. VJ Knutson says:

        The photographer has to be very patient and well camouflaged, I would think.

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  5. joyroses13 says:

    What a lovely bird!!

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      Oh yes! I don’t think I ever had a chance to see these birds before, but one can dream! 🙂

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      1. joyroses13 says:

        That’s right! One can always dream!

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  6. Beth Lapin says:

    I love hearing their rattle when I’m out hiking.
    Beth
    https://bethlapinsatozblog.wordpress.com/

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      It’s nice to feel like you’re not alone while hiking and connecting with nature. 🙂

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      I’m glad you find it so! The author does a good job covering the basics of each bird 🙂

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