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 38 videos
Two birds perched on a papyrus plant Locality Lake Mutanda, Entebbe, Uganda (ssp rudis)
Josep del Hoyo 12 September 2006 5 years ago 19 sec 3.7
Two males perching together, both with a fish in the beak Locality Lake Ziway, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp rudis)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2005 6 years ago 8 sec 3.7
A female perched and a male arriving to the same branch. Locality Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Mandya District, Karnataka, India (ssp travancoreensis)
Josep del Hoyo 11 December 2009 3 years ago 24 sec 3.7
Two birds on the back of a hippo Locality Kazinga Channel, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda (ssp rudis)
Josep del Hoyo 4 September 2006 6 years ago 26 sec 3.6
A bird waiting for a prey on a trunk, under the rain Locality Chobe National Park, North-West District, Botswana (ssp rudis)
Alex García · Videoaves 27 December 2007 5 years ago 34 sec 3.5
perching Locality Entebbe Botanical Gardens, Entebbe, Uganda (ssp rudis)
Daniêl Jimenez 10 October 2010 2 years ago 21 sec 3.4
PhotosSee all 119 photos
Perched on a post near water.
Locality Hawassa, Awassa Lake, SNNPR Region, Ethiopia (ssp rudis)
David Beadle 1 February 2009 17 weeks ago 4
Female sitting on a pole
Locality Kotu Creek, Kotu, Banjul, The Gambia (ssp rudis)
MichaelP 5 December 2012 22 weeks ago 4
It is common throughout Africa and southern Asia from Turkey to India to China. It is resident, and most birds do not migrate, o
Locality Thol Bird Sanctuary, Mehsana District, Gujarat, India
Jeel Bharat Patel 10 October 2012 22 weeks ago 4
An individual hovering.
Locality Chambal River, Rajasthan, India (ssp leucomelanura)
James Eaton 1 April 2009 22 weeks ago 4
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A bird perched.
Locality Sudan (ssp rudis)
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