Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)

The Pied Kingfisher is a distinctive black and white bird with a crest that hovers above water bodies before diving vertically to catch fish. It is a noisy bird, hard to miss along water bodies with their spectacular dives to catch fish.

An interesting fact is that the males have a double black band across its breast while females have a single, broken one in the middle.

Unlike the solitary Common Kingfisher, they are often found in pairs or small family groups, bobbing their heads and flicking their tails when perched. It dives beak first into the water to catch fish, and has the ability to fly at speeds of up to 50 km/h while not diving, eating its catch in flight. They nest in vertical mud banks and are about four to five feet deep, ending in a chamber.

The Pied Kingfisher is widely distributed across sub- Saharan Africa and Asia. They are resident and do not migrate except for short distances.

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