Pied Kingfisher | Ceryle rudis

Roberts Birding Information: Pied Kingfisher

The Pied Kingfisher is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Cerylidae bird family group which includes birds such as Cerylid Kingfishers.Pied Kingfisher

The description for the Pied Kingfisher (Latin name Ceryle rudis) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Ceryle rudis can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 428 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 184. You will find a picture of the Pied Kingfisher on page 193.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.Hovering Pied Kingfisher

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Pied Kingfisher between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Pied Kingfisher is known in Afrikaans as Bontvisvanger.

The Pied Kingfisher has a height of 25 cms and weighs around 85 gms. The head is coloured black while the bill is coloured black. The Ceryle rudis has a white coloured throat, black legs and a black coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Ceryle rudis has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.Pied Kingfisher

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is black.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are black.

Throat is white.

Back is black.

Pied Kingfisher Feeding Habits ...

This birds forages for fish and other aquatic dwellers through surface sizing and diving for food in the water.

This bird has a specially adapted bill which helps it hunt for fish, crabs, shrimp and other aquatic animals in the water.

Pied Kingfisher Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Pied Kingfisher is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 1 to 7 eggs and they are coloured white.

The bird builds its nest above water as a means of protecting itself from predators and to be close to its main food source which includes fish, shrimp and frogs.

The bird builds its nest in a hole in the ground.

The Pied Kingfisher is found in the Southern African wetlands, riverine forests and moist grasslands.

The bird is at home in riverine forests and close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Pied Kingfisher most commonly occurs singly or in pairs however you can find up to 10+ individuals together on occasion.