Pied kingfisher perched on branch

Pied kingfisher

Pied kingfishers hover far more than any other kingfisher species. They hold their trunk nearly vertical and beat their wings rapidly with their head and bill angled sharply down. The pied plumage is easy to distinguish - it is the only entirely black and white kingfisher.

Scientific name: Ceryle rudis

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Pied kingfisher taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Pied kingfisher can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Asia, China, Europe, Indian subcontinent, Mediterranean. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Pied kingfisher distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Kingfishers and hornbills
  6. Cerylidae
  7. Ceryle
  8. Pied kingfisher