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About the Pied Kingfisher

Also known as: Lesser Pied Kingfisher, Small Pied Kingfisher

The Pied Kingfisher is a common species of kingfisher found throughout sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia. It can be found from Turkey to India and China.

The Pied Kingfisher is an excellent hunter, skilled at hovering over the water and diving down bill first directly below to catch a fish. It has learned to eat its prey in flight and can hunt in both salt and freshwater. This allows the bird to hunt over sea or other places without perches, something that other kingfishers cannot do.

The natural range of the Pied Kingfisher is very large; the species has a conservation status of Least Concern as of September 2014.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 24 May 2009
Scientific Name Ceryle rudis
  • Coraciiformes
  • Cerylidae
  • Ceryle
  • C. rudis
Birdorable Family Kingfishers & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
10 inches
2.4 to 3.9 ounces
Range West Asia East Asia Southeast Asia South Asia West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa

International Names

  • 斑鱼狗 (Chinese)
  • Rybařík Jižní (Czech)
  • Gråfisker (Danish)
  • Bonte IJsvogel (Dutch)
  • Kirjokalastaja (Finnish)
  • Martin-pêcheur Pie (French)
  • Graufischer (German)
  • Martin Pescatore Bianco e Nero (Italian)
  • ヒメヤマセミ (Himeyamasemi) (Japanese)
  • Terneisfugl (Norwegian)
  • Rybaczek Srokaty (Polish)
  • Малый пегий зимородок (Russian)
  • Martín Pescador Pío (Spanish)
  • Gråfiskare (Swedish)

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