Although it is a species of kingfisher, Sacred Kingfishers seldom eat fish. Instead, they usually hunt terrestrial prey, mostly taking insects, but they will also eat a wide variety of other small animals, both vertebrate and invertebrate. These food items are most commonly taken on the ground, with the kingfisher swiftly swooping or pouncing down from a branch or some other elevated perch onto the prey, sometimes taking it without landing. The food is then usually brought back to the perch, where it is eaten.
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