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 50 videos
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
A bird preening after feeding (Panic bird hide) Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Ghislain Gosse 24 October 2014 10 weeks ago 40 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
A bird perched on a branch. Locality Marakissa, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp rudis)
Yoel Jimenez 2 November 2014 1 year ago 42 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
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Locality Kotu Creek, Kotu, Banjul, The Gambia (ssp rudis)
Dave Williams 28 January 2011 3 years ago 4.7
A bird overlooking the water
Locality Mabamba Wetland, Uganda (ssp rudis)
Krzysztof Blachowiak 5 March 2011 3 years ago 4.7
Emerging after a succesful dive
Locality Kotu Creek, Kotu, Banjul, The Gambia
Mattias Hofstede 9 November 2012 3 years ago 4.7
Adult (left) bringing fish to the young.
Locality Knysna, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp rudis)
Lutz Dürselen 26 March 2016 6 weeks ago 4.7
A male flying from below
Locality Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda (ssp rudis)
Frederic Pelsy 13 October 2015 16 weeks ago 4.7
Adult with a captured fish.
Locality Pilanesberg National Park, North West Province, South Africa (ssp rudis)
Brian Radford 15 August 2013 1 year ago 4.7
Calling on the wing Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 August 1983 6 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 1 year 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 1 year ago 3