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Kingfisher: Pied Kingfisher

Unread postby francoisd » Fri Feb 24, 2006 2:37 pm

This thread is about Pied Kingfishers only. If you have any photos of or interesting information about Pied Kingfishers you can post it here. Maybe you have made an interesting observation while watching Pied Kingfishers in one of the SANParks that you want to share with the rest of us; this is the place to do it.

Please try and keep generalized comments to the minimum and only post here if it is information we can learn from (if not we might have to move your comments elsewhere). It’s always nice to post messages telling people how nice their photo looks like or how you appreciated the info but messages like this sometimes cause the real information to disappear into obscurity.

Now we are waiting for your photo contributions or additional information we can learn from.


Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)

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Pied Kingfisher seen on the low water bridge to Balule

Alternate common name(s) as used in other areas:
Lesser Pied Kingfisher, Small Pied Kingfisher, Indian Pied Kingfisher

Other names:
French: Martin-pêcheur pie, Alcyon pie
German: Graufischer
Dutch: Bonte Ijsvogel

This is a common, easily seen, black and white crested Kingfisher. that occurs throughout sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia from Turkey to China . It is resident and most birds do not migrate other than seasonal movements. The Pied Kingfisher is estimated to be the world's third commonest kingfisher and is a noisy bird unmissable within its range.

It is mainly a specialist fish-eater although it will take crustaceans and large aquatic insects. It has evolved two unique strategies shared by no other kingfishers. As well as hunting from a perch it will seek fish by hovering prior to a dive like an Osprey. It is the largest bird that is capable of a true hover in still air and this hunting method means that, unlike the closely related Giant Kingfisher, it is not dependent on there being extensive woodland within its home range.

The sexes are very similar and are only distinguished by the presence of 2 full breast bands (one broad and one narrow) in the male whereas the female has a single incomplete breast band. They are usually found in pairs or small groups and they nest in burrows, often in small colonies. They lay 3-6 white egss. As with all kingfishers the nest of a Pied Kingfisher soon becomes unsanitary.

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Unread postby DuQues » Fri Feb 24, 2006 3:04 pm

Some of my Pied's:
Biyamiti Weir:
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Along the S25:
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Arriving currently: The photos from our trip! Overhere! :yaya:

Feel free to use any of these additional letters to correct the spelling of words found in the above post: a-e-t-n-d-i-o-s-m-l-u-y-h-c

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Unread postby Wild@Heart » Fri Feb 24, 2006 3:33 pm

I don't wanna be left out .. so here you go

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Unread postby bert » Fri Feb 24, 2006 9:35 pm

The kill at sunsetdam
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Re: Kingfisher: Pied Kingfisher

Unread postby Jay » Fri Feb 24, 2006 9:53 pm

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these were both taken at the Berg River estuary, Velddrif. There is very little than made made objects for the birds to
hunt from as the river has vlei with reeds and low growth on each side.
So, as you can see in the first pic, the clever birds have adjusted and aptly fish from the moored boats. These 2 pics were taken a mere 20m apart and the 2nd pic actually had 2 birds, but one was camera shy. I have never seen as many pied kingfishers in one small area as this (Bokkom Laan, Velddrif.)
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Unread postby bert » Sat Feb 25, 2006 10:55 am

Also forgot that it should be a learning thread :?
While observing my kingfisher i could clearly see hw he killed and ate the fish
Bashed it with its head on a branch. Took a minute to do that. Then he struggled to turn the fish like a juggler so that the head came first . This is done to prevent that the spinny scales will hurt his guts.
The whole operation took roughly 2 to 3 minutes
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Unread postby francoisd » Mon Feb 27, 2006 10:29 am

In one of the past Veldfocus inserts on the SA nature programme 50/50 broadcasted on 10 October 2004, a viewer contributed photos of a immature Pied Kingfisher, at Lake Panic, hitting a stick against a branch, in much the same way a older bird will hit its prey item against the branch so well demonstrated in Bert’s photos.

This is the comment made by the presenter of the Veldfocus team:
The immature Pied Kingfisher smacks the stick against the perch in the same way that an adult Kingfisher would slap a fish against the perch with a sideways flicking action of the head. With this technique it can subdue or kill the prey so that it can be safely swallowed. Much of bird behavior is instinctive or genetically inherited but catching and subduing fish is still a difficult process to master.

Young birds will often practice on artifacts such as sticks until they are able to catch their own food. During this learning curve the youngsters will be fed by the parents while they are able to hone their feeding skills through play.

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Unread postby Shidzidzii » Tue Mar 28, 2006 4:50 pm

As most of you probably notice I have the bushveld and KNP thick in my veins but in 1991 I was working in the Southern Cape @ Mosgas . Did visit all the Cape Sanparks but always longed for the bush .

One wintery afternoon I was at Stilbaai and there was almost a gale blowing and I parked at a large tidal pool . To my utter amazement I saw a Pied Kingfisher doing his hovering flight above the water in the teeth of this gale . And then he did his dive and pulled out a fingerling . I was the event of my year - as exciting as a Lion kill .

For someone used to the lazy living Pied's at Sunset dam it was an unforgetable event , and I still cannot believe the powers of flight of the pied Kingfisher .

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Unread postby Katja » Wed Mar 29, 2006 12:24 pm

Pied Kingfisher on the low water bridge near Balule.

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The kingfisher was about 1 meter from the car.
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Unread postby Elsa » Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:35 pm

mikev wrote:

For someone used to the lazy living Pied's at Sunset dam it was an unforgetable event , and I still cannot believe the powers of flight of the pied Kingfisher .


They are truely amazing little birds and always a joy to behold as they go about their fishing rituals. :D
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Unread postby Kwando » Wed Jun 28, 2006 10:56 am

I took this pic at the Lake Panic site, early June '06...

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Jun 28, 2006 12:39 pm

Lake Panic's pied pecking order line up.

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Unread postby Ranger Piet » Mon Jul 03, 2006 11:19 am

Picture taken on a rainy day at the Lake Panic birdhide during the 2006 Kruger Birding weekend.

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Pied Kingfisher looking for a break in the clouds

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Fri Jul 07, 2006 4:25 pm

Pied seems to be the most common and widespread kingfisher. We have seen them from Still Bay on the south coast to Cunene river in north west Namibia.

I love the way they hover and then strike.
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Unread postby Kwando » Wed Jul 19, 2006 3:37 pm

I took this pic at Lake Panic on Sunday afternoon...

I think it is the same bird that i took a pic of about about 3 or 4 posts above...?

I call him "Pied Pecker..." or a cool nickname for him is "Kingklip Kapens"

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