The Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis rudis) is a wetlands bird from Africa and Asia. The photographed Pied Kingfisher is from Kenya and Uganda in east Africa.
The medium-sized Pied Kingfisher is black and white, with a white and black mask, a white supercilium (eyebrow line), and black chest bands. It has a white crest with black bands. Its beak is long and grey-black.
It can grow to about 25 centimetres (10 inches) tall.
It hovers in the air, before diving into the water to catch fish. Sometimes it eats crabs and insects.
They are usually seen in pairs or small groups. They make a nest in a hole in the muddy river bank, away from the water. The nest is a tunnel. Females usually lay 3-6 white eggs.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM