The Hunting Buddies…
Photo News

The Hunting Buddies…

January 9, 2019

This interesting picture of ‘two birds on a perch’ — Small Blue Kingfisher – Alcedo atthis and Green Bee-eater – Merops orientalis — is a behaviour document captured by Star of Mysore photographer M.N. Lakshminarayana Yadav.

As an ethologist explains, the Small Blue Kingfisher, is a ‘Diving Kingfisher,’ it does not hover above the water-body to locate and hunt fish, it perches on a overhang branch on a pond or riverbank and locates fish. Once a target is set, it takes a plunge, diving into the water to catch the fish. Second, the Bee-eater is an Insectivore. It hunts Dragonflies, Bees & other flying insects that skim on the water-body.

Here both the birds have formed a ‘Hunting Alliance’ (different species of birds, many times form such alliances to mutually benefit, without competing with each other) and have taken a Common Perch overhanging either a pond or canal or some kind of water-body.

When the Kingfisher locates prey and dives after fish, it disturbs the Dragonflies and other insect forms that are skimming on the water. The Green Bee-eater goes chasing the disturbed insects and prey on it. They again occupy the same perch taking positions. This they repeat until their can call it a day, and they continue this behaviour of hunting day after day. They mutually benefit, one by the Bee-eater keeping an alert eye on intruders, while the Kingfisher is concentrating and the in turn the Bee-eater getting the disturbed insects, an Alliance adopted by different species of animals to mutually benefit.


Mysuru’s favorite and largest circulated English evening daily has kept the citizens of Mysuru informed and entertained since 1978. Over the past 41 years, Star of Mysore has been the newspaper that Mysureans reach for every evening to know about the happenings in Mysuru city. The newspaper has feature rich articles and dedicated pages targeted at readers across the demographic spectrum of Mysuru city. With a readership of over 2,50,000 Star of Mysore has been the best connection between it’s readers and their leaders; between advertisers and customers; between Mysuru and Mysureans.


Academy News Papers Private Limited, Publishers, Star of Mysore & Mysuru Mithra, 15-C, Industrial ‘A’ Layout, Bannimantap, Mysuru-570015. Phone no. – 0821 249 6520

To advertise on Star of Mysore, email us at

Online Edition: [email protected]
Print Editon: [email protected]
For News/Press Release: [email protected]