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Pied kingfisher

Ceryle rudis


The pied kingfisher is a water kingfisher and is found widely distributed across Africa and Asia. Its black and white plumage, crest and the habit of hovering over clear lakes and rivers before diving for fish makes it distinctive. Males have a double band across the breast while females have a single gorget that is often broken in the middle. They are usually found in pairs or small family parties. When perched, they often bob their head and flick up their tail.


Bharatpur - Dec 2014


3rd picture is a female Pied Kingfisher. Notice the single broken band.

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Desmond.E.S.O 6 years ago

Great Photos!

staccyh 6 years ago

Once again, a beautiful series of pictures!

marirs 6 years ago

Thanks DanielePralong :) Infact I like the 2nd pic as well...I had 1 more photo of the same with a fish in his mouth, but that photograph did not come out well...

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Fantastic series of pictures marirs! I especially like the second one where you get glimpses of the habitat.

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Rajasthan, India

Spotted on Dec 20, 2014
Submitted on Jan 2, 2015


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