Kingfisher - 04831-8

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The description below is taken from the Airfix catalogue this kit was first seen in. There is also extra information underneath the main catalogues description including any changes to the name of this kit in the catalogues.

Airfix Catalogue description:

Darting nimbly to catch a minnow or stickleback, the brightly-coloured Kingfisher is an easily recognisable inhabitant of Britain's freshwater streams, lakes and marshes. Both male and female birds have the same striking blue-green upper surface, orange-chestnut colouring below, with white throat and patch on each side of the neck. Kingfishers catch their prey from a fast shallow dive having located it from a perch or from a hovering position. They beat their catch on a branch before swallowing it, head first, for a fish swallowed tail first would choke the bird as its fins and scales opened. A hole in a river bank some two to three feet long is the Kingfisher's usual nesting place and between April-August the female bird lays two batches of 6-7 white-coloured eggs. Fed by both sexes, the young fly after 23-27 days. A bad winter can take a heavy toll of Kingfishers as happened in 1961-62 when frozen waters cut off the birds' food supply. - Taken from the 17th edition catalogue (1980)

Airfix Series (first appearance): 4
Rarity of early version: Scarce
First Issued: 1980

This kit appeared in these catalogues:
17th Edition (1980) Ref: 04831-8
1982 Edition Ref: 04831-8
1983 Edition Ref: 9 04831
1984 Edition Ref: 9 04831

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