Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52465

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Coraciiformes
Family:Alcedinidae
Genus:Ceryle
Genus species:Ceryle rudis

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:24-26 cm
Identification:The pied kingfisher is spotted and barred in black and white. It has a black breast band, a striped head pattern, and marbled upperparts.
Habitat:Rivers, canals, lakes, ponds, marshes, coastal lagoons
Diet:Carnivore: fish
Reproduction:Nesting begins when river levels start to fall. These birds tunnel into riverbanks and lay 3-6 eggs.
Kingfishers perch together in small parties.
Behavior:When hunting, a kingfisher will dive head first into the water.
Status:No special status

Other Information

Geographic:Sub-Saharan Africa
Middle East
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Pied kingfisher
perching birds
Ceryle
Kingfishers
Coraciiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata