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THE PIED KINGFISHER

18 September 2014

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The pied kingfisher Ceryle rudis is one of the three most common kingfishers of the World. It was originally described scientifically as Alcedo rudis by Linnaeus in 1758 based on a specimen from Persia or Egypt. The name rudis is Latin for a foil and refers to the long, pointed bill. A foil is a light, blunt-edged sword.

Pied kingfishers are one of the larger types of kingfisher of southern Africa with a length of 25 cm and a weight of 85 g. This is still quite smaller than the giant kingfisher Megaceryle maximus of southern Africa in which the adult male is up to 46 cm long and weighs 350 g. The giant kingfisher also does not have the white band above the eyes and several black bands on the breast and stomach as does the pied kingfisher male. The term pied describes the white flecks on the flight feathers. The adult... (Become a subscriber for more)

Reference:

Hockey, P A R, W R J Dean and P G Ryan (Eds) 2005. Roberts – Birds of southern Africa, seventh edition. Cape Town: The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, pp 184 - 185.

Article by Prof J du P Bothma

 

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