The Pied Kingfisher

When you're planning a Uganda Birding Safari at the end of your business trip to Africa, you need to select birding sites along Uganda beaches if you "must see" the Pied Kingfisher.

You will know its the Pied Kingfisher when you find a noisy water kingfisher.You will see a Uganda bird with black and white plumage & crest, this bird has a habit of hovering over clear lakes and rivers before diving for the unfortunate fish.

In this section of the Uganda Birding Safari Guide we share with you information about Pie kinfishers in Uganda in order to make your Bird watching tour to Africa even more rewarding.

Remember that your eye will only see what it knows!

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Where to find the Pied Kingfisher in Uganda (Cesyle rudis)

You will find several sub-species of Pied Kingfisher widely distributed around the world. However, you will find the nominate race in Sub-Saharan Africa and some parts of West Africa.

In Uganda, you will find the Pied Kingfisher mainly around Lake Victoria, and in Murchison Falls National Park.

The Pied Kingfisher is mostly resident and doesn’t migrate expcept for short distances and seasonal movements.

How you will know that you've seen a Pied Kingfisher

You will see an interesting Uganda bird about 17cm long, white with a black mask, a white super cilium and black breast bands.

The crest is neat and the upper parts are barred in black.

You will know it is male if it has a narrow second breast band and you will know it is female if it has a single broken breast band.

Interesting Facts about the Pied Kingfisher

This African birds feeds mainly on fish, although it will also feed on Crustaceans and large aquatic insects such as dragon fly larvae.

February through to April is Breeding time the Pied Kingfisher.

The bird nests in holes excavated in a vertical mud bank about five feet above water.

The nest tunnel is about 4-5 feet deep and ends in a chamber.

You will normaly find several birds nesting in the same vicinity.

Did you know?

Sometimes Pied Kingfishers reproduce cooperatively, you can find the young non-breeding birds from an earlier brood assisting their parents, or even auntie and grandma!

The Pied Kingfisher will normally have a clutch of 3-6 white eggs.

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