Pied Kingfisher

This species is defined as a Review Species . 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: Vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2017)

Past records in our database:

Showing only accepted records. Note that records currently under review are also not displayed, and the list may not be a full list of records of this species in Singapore. For more details, check the database here.

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis
Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
Early date 18 Sep 1994
Late date 18 Sep 1994
Bar chart not displayed for this species; no records in the given time period.
Only one past record, at Punggol on 18 Sep 1994.


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 1 January 2023

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

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