Pied Kingfisher

This species is defined as a rarity. Please submit your records of this species via our record submission page.

Scientific Name: Ceryle rudis
Malay Name: Pekaka-Berjambul Biasa
Chinese Name: 斑鱼狗

Range:
Breeding Range: (AF, OR) widespread, also Middle East.

Taxonomy:
Polytypic. Subspecies are: syriacus, rudis, leucomelanurus, travancoreensis, insignis.

Size: 25-30.5 cm

Identification:
Only kingfisher in range with black and white plumage. Black crown and crest, upperparts and wings black with white edgings, white wing patch on wing coverts. Male has a two black breastbands while female only possesses one. 

Habitat: Elsewhere generally found on the edges and banks of large, open water bodies, including lakes, reservoirs, estuaries, dams, and mangroves.

Behaviour/Ecology: Elsewhere seen catching fish by hovering almost motionless above water before diving in to capture prey.

Local Status: Very rare vagrant.

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2017)

Past accepted records in our database:

Past records, bar chart (see more bar charts):

Photos:

External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Pied Kingfisher)

References:
BirdLife International. (2017). Ceryle rudis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T22683645A110626699.en. Accessed on 19 December 2021

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.