Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) - HBW 6, p. 249
French: Martin-pêcheur pie
Spanish: Martín Pescador Pío
Other common names: Lesser/Small Pied Kingfisher; Indian Pied Kingfisher (travancoreensis, leucomelanura)
Taxonomy: Alcedo rudis Linnaeus, 1758, Egypt.
Distinctive, with no close relatives, although some authors have placed some or all members of Megaceryle in present genus. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- rudis (Linnaeus, 1758) - C & S Turkey and Israel to Syria, Iraq and SW Iran, also N Egypt and Nile Valley, and sub-Saharan Africa (except arid regions).
- leucomelanura Reichenbach, 1851 - NE Afghanistan, W Pakistan and India (except SW) S to Sri Lanka, and E to Thailand and Indochina.
- travancoreensis Whistler & Kinnear, 1935 - SW India, from N Kerala S to Cape Comorin.
- insignis Hartert, 1910 - SE China, including Hainan.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 48 videos
A bird perched on a branch. Locality Marakissa, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp rudis)
Yoel Jimenez 2 November 2014 52 weeks ago 42 sec 4.8
Perched bird seen from behind Locality iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 2 years ago 1 min 4 sec 4.7
Stretching wings Locality iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 2 years ago 34 sec 4.7
A female perched on a pipe, over the water Locality Awassa Lake, SNNP Region, Ethiopia (ssp rudis)
Josep del Hoyo 18 December 2005 9 years ago 36 sec 4.6
Several views of males (with double band in the breast) and females (with single band) perched and hovering for fishing Locality Lake Naivasha, Kenya (ssp rudis)
Peter van Dam 26 August 2006 8 years ago 47 sec 4.5
An individual resting on a rock, looking the sky alert and flying away with another bird, calling. Locality Bund Baretha Wildlife Sanctuary, Bharatpur District, Rajasthan, India (ssp leucomelanura)
Josep del Hoyo 3 July 2014 49 weeks ago 28 sec 4.5
PhotosSee all 204 photos
Adult branched, looking for fish
Locality Pilanesberg National Park, North West Province, South Africa
Ruben Gaasenbeek 27 November 2015 9 weeks ago 5
Locality Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
Markus Lilje 27 June 2015 19 weeks ago 5
Locality Kotu Creek, Kotu, Banjul, The Gambia (ssp rudis)
Dave Williams 28 January 2011 3 years ago 4.7
adult bird on river bank
Locality Chobe National Park, North-West District, Botswana
David Taylor 1 September 2014 1 year ago 4.7
A bird overlooking the water
Locality Mabamba Wetland, Uganda (ssp rudis)
Krzysztof Blachowiak 5 March 2011 3 years ago 4.7
Locality Ma'agan Michael, Israel (ssp rudis)
Lior Kislev 9 January 2011 4 years ago 4.7
Calling on the wing Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 August 1983 5 years ago 4.5
4 birds calling from a shrub-lined ditch in the Kampong Thom grasslands, very agitated about something. Locality Kampong Thom Province, Cambodia
Phil Gregory 18 February 2015 51 weeks ago 4
Calling inbreeding period Locality Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 July 1983 6 years ago 4
Calls in flight by two birds. Locality Bund Baretha Wildlife Sanctuary, Bharatpur District, Rajasthan, India
Josep del Hoyo 3 July 2014 49 weeks ago 3