First ever record of beautiful bowing ritual of kingfisher birds before making ‘love’ 

This is the incredible moment a pair of beautiful Cerulean Kingfishers have been caught in an act of bowing in sync before giving consent for making love.

The video-the first ever record of the mating ritual- was filmed by Ivan Martins in early February at the fish ponds in Wonorejo in East Java in Indonesia.


The beautiful blue and white birds are seen perched atop on sticks protruding from a pond and continually bowing their heads in one direction in amazing coordination.

The wildlife photographer, who was elated to witness the rare sight, said: “It was around 11 am in the morning and I was clicking pictures of the female bird when a male Kingfisher flew to her and both the birds started calling out loudly.

“The female touched the male’s bill, whereupon he moved to another stick close-by and, both facing the same direction and then they began to display, with periods of mutual head-lowering lasting from a few seconds to about two minutes.

“The cycle started with the male holding his head and bill horizontal, and the female with her head and bill pointed up at about 45 degrees.”


The photographer, who has been capturing stunning pictures of the birds for past eight years, claimed that such a display of mating ritual of the birds has not been recorded previously.

“We believe that this is the first record of the courtship behaviour of Cerulean Kingfisher,” Ivan said.

In the video, the male the birds can be seen lowering their heads and then raised them to the starting position in one continuous movement. One bird-usually, but not invariably, the male-led and the other followed a fraction of a second later.

The male usually bowed more deeply than the female and both birds called continuously with thin seep notes. On four occasions the female turned to face the male and opened her wings.

The Cerulean Kingfishers or Alcedo coerulescens are small (13 cm) blue-and-white birds is slightly smaller than Common Kingfisher. The females are duller blue than males, with a narrower and less well demarcated breast band.