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
A female, moving its tail Locality Nianing, Thiès Region, Senegal (ssp rudis)
Juan Sanabria 9 January 2007 6 years ago 37 sec 3.8
A male diving, swallowing a fish, calling and flying away Locality Lake Ziway, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp rudis)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2005 7 years ago 19 sec 3.8
A female perched on a pipe, over the water Locality Awassa Lake, SNNPR Region, Ethiopia (ssp rudis)
Josep del Hoyo 18 December 2005 7 years ago 36 sec 3.7
A bird on a papyrus plant, flying away and returning to its perch Locality Lake Mutanda, Entebbe, Uganda (ssp rudis)
Josep del Hoyo 12 September 2006 6 years ago 26 sec 3.7
Two birds perched on a papyrus plant Locality Lake Mutanda, Entebbe, Uganda (ssp rudis)
Josep del Hoyo 12 September 2006 6 years ago 19 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
PhotosSee all 128 photos
An adult male perched on a branch with a fish in the bill
Locality Chobe National Park, North-West District, Botswana (ssp rudis)
Laurent Demongin 30 September 2004 4 years ago 4.2
Kingfisher with a good catch
Locality Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Frank Sandvoss 27 May 2012 1 year ago 4.1
It don't matter if you black or white.
Locality St Lucia, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
Simphiwe 29 November 2013 6 days ago ADDED LAST WEEK 4
Bird regurgitating with nictitating membrane visible
Locality Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Rafael Merchante 29 May 2013 16 weeks ago 4
Locality Haripura, Ahmedabad, Ahmedabad District, Gujarat, India (ssp Pied Kingfisher)
Bankim Desai 27 July 2013 19 weeks ago 4
by the river
mohammmmad alamin khogaly... 32 weeks ago 4