Pied Kingfisher

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

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

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

Size: 25-30.5 cm

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)

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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.