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Pied Kingfisher (Female)

Ceryle rudis


This kingfisher is about 17 cm long and is white with a black mask, a white supercilium and black breast bands. The crest is neat and the upperparts are barred in black.Males have a narrow second breast-band while females have a single broken breast band. This kingfisher feeds mainly on fish, although it will take crustaceans and large aquatic insects such as dragonfly larvae.

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Atul 9 years ago

Thank you Ava , willie and Noe and Pili for your kind comments!

Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 9 years ago


williefromwi 9 years ago

wonderful capture Atul, we have belted kingfishers in our area, I see them quite often, but have never been able to get a capture of one as grand as your pied kingfisher. Thank you for commenting on my captures, I have but two and I have only been a part of the community for less then one day. I am in awe of you and so many others on this sight.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Gorgeous pictures!

Atul 9 years ago

thanks Carol ,indeed a gorgeous bird !

CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

Oh wow! The 2nd photo. Too cool with the thorns! Congrats! And standing on one leg. HA!

CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

I am falling behind on looking at everyone's photos. WOW! This bird is gorgeous! Great photo!

Atul 9 years ago

Thanks Emma!

Hema 9 years ago

another winner!

Atul 9 years ago

@Leuba thanks a lot , in fact this is one of the most common Kingfisher found across India ,i have hardly seen it though.
and thanks Stian!

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 9 years ago

Fantastic pictures Atul!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

dramatic-looking kingfisher - never seen one with these colours. Fantastic photos Atul.

Atul 9 years ago

Thank you all for the comments!

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MaryEvans2 9 years ago

wow stunning photos a spotting

Atul 9 years ago

thank you Birding For Fun!

Birding For Fun
Birding For Fun 9 years ago

Amazing spot and photos.

Atul 9 years ago

and Thank you so much Satyen , this trip wouldnt have been possible without you.
@ Argybee she gave us a real hard time , to spot her and then take pics , but she is a real beauty.

Atul 9 years ago

muchas gracias harsuame!

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Excellent pics!

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Great shots!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

I love pic #2 Atul. Even though she looks really sharp herself she is stepping so carefully over those acacia spines.

harsuame 9 years ago

Wow que hermoso martín bello

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Gujarat, India

Spotted on Mar 6, 2012
Submitted on Apr 20, 2012

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