Kingfishers are usually thought to live near rivers and eat fish, but many species live away from water and eat small invertebrates. They nest in cavities, usually tunnels dug into the natural or artificial banks in the ground. Some kingfishers nest in arboreal termite nests. Kingfishers are generally shy birds, but in spite of this, they feature heavily in human culture. The sacred kingfisher, along with other Pacific kingfishers, was venerated by the Polynesians, who believed it had control over the seas and waves. Occasionally we see a kingfisher by water sources here in the Aravaipa Valley.