Pied Kingfisher

Ceryle rudis

Pied Kingfisher, Ceryle rudis, photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed at a tilapia fish farm, Eldoret, Kenya. 16 July 2014.

From Wikipedia: This bird is 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.

Halcyonidae -- Kingfisher Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, created 8 October 2014