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)
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)
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.
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Pied Kingfisher. Retrieved on September 19, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/pied-kingfisher.