Pied Kingfisher

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 24 May 2009
Scientific Name
Ceryle rudis
  • Coraciiformes
  • Cerylidae
  • Ceryle
  • C. rudis
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
10 inches
2.4 to 3.9 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 斑鱼狗
Czech (Cesky) Rybařík Jižní
Danish (Dansk) Gråfisker
Dutch (Nederlands) Bonte IJsvogel
Finnish (Suomi) Kirjokalastaja
French (Français) Martin-pêcheur Pie
German (Deutsch) Graufischer
Italian (Italiano) Martin Pescatore Bianco e Nero
Japanese (日本語) ヒメヤマセミ (Himeyamasemi)
Norwegian (Norsk) Terneisfugl
Polish (Polski) Rybaczek Srokaty
Russian (русский язык) Малый пегий зимородок
Spanish (Español) Martín Pescador Pío
Swedish (Svenska) Gråfiskare
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