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The Pied Kingfisher is estimated to be the world's third most common kingfisher, and being a noisy bird, hard to miss. This kingfisher is about 17 cm long and is white with a black mask, a white supercilium and black breast bands.
They can deal with prey without returning to a perch, often swallowing small prey in flight, and so can hunt over large water bodies or in estuaries that lack perches that are required by other kingfishers. Unlike some kingfishers, it is quite gregarious, and forms large roosts at night. When perched, the often bob their heads up and down and will sometimes raise their tail and flick it downwards. They call often with sharp chirruk chirruk notes.
The Pied Kingfisher is estimated to be the world's third most common kingfisher, and being a noisy bird, hard to miss.