Pied Kingfisher

This kingfisher is about 17cm long and is white with a black mask, a white supercilium and black breast bands. The crest is neat and the upperparts are barred in black. Several subspecies are recognized within the broad distribution. The nominate race is found in sub-Saharan Africa, extending into West Asia. A former subspecies syriaca is considered as merely a larger northern bird of the nominate species .

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The Pied Kingfisher is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

In my September 2008 post I had featured a Pied Kingfisher sitting on a power cable; this time I was lucky enough to spot one engaged in fishing. Though I must admit that I could not get good close up images, but hopefully these convey its fishing technique. The bird hovers over a potential fishing spot at about a height of 15-20 meters for a considerable period of time. When a fish comes within striking depth, it speeds itself towards the prey, with wings pulled by the sides. More

The Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) is a water kingfisher and is found widely distributed across Africa and Asia. Their black and white plumage, crest and the habit of hovering over clear lakes and rivers before diving for fish makes it distinctive. More

produce the ancestral Pied Kingfisher, and the ancestor of the Giant and Crested Kingfishers. In this context, the Atlantic is not the insuperable barrier it might seem for large kingfishers. Belted Kingfisher is a rare vagrant to western Europe, and there was one in the UK this year. More

The Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) is a kingfisher in the near passerine bird family Cerylidae, the water kingfishers. It is the only member of the genus Ceryle. Pied Kingfishers hunt by hovering above water. Pied Kingfishers dive bill first into water to catch fish. Top view near Hodal in Faridabad District of Haryana, India.It is common throughout sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia from Turkey to India to China. More

bird is a Pied Kingfisher in flight. These birds are pretty common in the delta and live off small fish. It is the only completely white and black kingfisher in the region. It often hovers in one place while carefully spying the water for prey, after which it dives really fast and grabs the unlucky fish. There are quite a few species and the rest tend to be more colourful than this one (not such a mean feat). More

as the Solomon Islands in Australasia, or the Pied Kingfisher, which has a widespread distribution across Africa and Asia. Other species have much narrower ranges, particularly insular species which are endemic to a single small island. The Kofiau Paradise Kingfisher is restricted to the tiny island of Kofiau off New Guinea. Kingfishers occupy a wide range of habitats. While they are often associated with rivers and lakes, over half the worlds species are found in forests and forested streams. More

Pied kingfisher on the ground© M. Watson / www.ardea.com Male pied kingfisher resting on a branch© Nigel J. Dennis / www.nhpa.co.uk Pied kingfishers resting on the back of a hippopotamus© Kevin Schafer / www.nhpa.co.uk Female pied kingfisher perched© David Cottridge / naturepl.com Male pied kingfishers perched, watching for prey below© Melvin Grey / www.nhpa.co.uk Pied kingfisher perched on a tree stump© Christophe Courteau / naturepl. More

Pied KingfisherThe Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) is a kingfisher in the near passerine bird family Cerylidae, the water kingfishers. It is the only member of the genus Ceryle. This species was initially believed to be descended from an ancestral American green kingfisher which crossed the Atlantic Ocean about 1 million years ago (Fry & Fry, 2000). More

Pied kingfisher perched on branch Pied kingfishers hover far more than any other kingfisher species. They hold their trunk nearly vertical and beat their wings rapidly with their head and bill angled sharply down. The pied plumage is easy to distinguish - it is the only entirely black and white kingfisher. More

The Pied Kingfisher is a common kingfisher throughout sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia. It can be found from Turkey to India and China. The Pied Kingfisher is an excellent hunter skilled at hovering over the water and diving down bill first directly below to catch a fish. It has learned to eat its prey in flight and can hunt in both salt and freshwater. More

Pied kingfishers occur in sub-saharan African, the Middle East, the Asia mainland, and southern China. They are common in sub-saharan Africa, along the Nile, and east Egypt. In Pakistan, they are widely distributed across Punjab and the Sind plains. They are rare in Cyprus, Greece, and Poland. Size The typical body length is 25 to 29 cm, wing length is 13.3 to 14.2 cm, and tail length is 6.6 to 7.4 cm. More

Pied kingfishers nest from August to November in KwaZulu-Natal, excavating a tunnel in an earth or sand bank with a chamber at the end. This chamber is lined with regurgitated fish bones and scales. They lay up to 6 rounded white eggs. FOOD They hunt from a perch or by hovering over the water, catching small fish, crustaceans or insects. STATUS A common to very common resident. More

The Pied Kingfisher can hunt in both salt and freshwater. It can also deal with prey without returning to a perch, and can, for example, catch a second fish, or eat small prey in flight. These adaptations mean that this kingfisher can hunt over the sea or in estuaries that lack the perches required by other kingfishers. Pied Kingfishers hunt by hovering above water.This approachable largish (25cm) bird is unmistakable, with its exclusively black-and-white plumage. More

I have a lot of shots taken of Pied Kingfishers in flight, but with no birds in them! This was taken at the Mankwe Dam in the Pilaansberg Nature reserve. I managed to get these two shots as it was getting ready to dive and this can be seen in the way he is tilting his head down and starting the dive. The rest of the sequence is empty frames. At this stage the Kingfisher is hovering, frantically flapping his wings to remain in one place. More

The Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) is a kingfisher in the near passerine bird family Cerylidae, the water kingfishers. It is the only member of the genus Ceryle. More

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Order : Coraciiformes
Family : Alcedinidae
Genus : Ceryle
Species : rudis
Authority : (Linnaeus, 1758)