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