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 41 videos
Perched bird seen from behind Locality iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 16 weeks ago 1 min 4 sec 4.7
Stretching wings Locality iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 13 weeks ago 34 sec 4.7
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 6 years ago 47 sec 4.5
A pair on a branch attempting to mate Locality Saint-Louis Region, Senegal
Pascal Vagner 2 April 2010 3 years ago 26 sec 4.5
A bird hovering over the water Locality Awassa Lake, SNNPR Region, Ethiopia (ssp rudis)
Josep del Hoyo 18 December 2005 7 years ago 15 sec 4.4
Two birds together and then only one, with a lateral close view Locality Abuko Nature Reserve, Abuko, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp rudis)
Eldert Groenewoud 24 October 2005 6 years ago 23 sec 4.4
PhotosSee all 136 photos
Emerging after a succesful dive
Locality Kotu Creek, Kotu, Banjul, The Gambia
Mattias Hofstede 9 November 2012 1 year ago 4.8
Locality Ma'agan Michael, Israel (ssp rudis)
Lior Kislev 9 January 2011 2 years ago 4.7
Locality Kotu Creek, Kotu, Banjul, The Gambia (ssp rudis)
Dave Williams 28 January 2011 1 year ago 4.7
A bird overlooking the water
Locality Mabamba Wetland, Uganda (ssp rudis)
Krzysztof Blachowiak 5 March 2011 1 year ago 4.7
A pied kingfisher with a meal
Locality Pilanesberg National Park, North West Province, South Africa (ssp rudis)
AnneMarks 5 August 2013 11 weeks ago 4.6
female looking for fish
Locality The Gambia
Krzysztof Blachowiak 21 January 2009 4 years ago 4.5