Hindi name: Chitala kaudiyal
Pied kingfisher is widely distributed across Africa and Asia. It is water kingfisher and can be seen hovering over lakes and rivers for fish.
How does the bird appear…
Its black and white plumage makes it easy to identify. It has black crest and crown, white supercillium above the eye. Males have a double band across the breast while females have a single gorget that is often broken in the middle. Upperparts are barred in black. Bill is black, long and dagger like. Legs and feet are black. Eyes are dark brown.
Habitat: Where to find this bird?
It inhabits fresh and salt water habitats which include rivers, estuaries, mangroves, tidal rock pools, lagoons, dams and reservoirs
It feeds mainly on fish but also takes aquatic insects, crabs, frogs and mollusks.
Breeding & Nesting
It breeds from February to April. Its nest is a hole excavated in a vertical mud bank. Nest is tunnel shaped; it is 4-5 feet long and ends in chamber. The usual clutch is 3–6 eggs. Eggs are incubated mainly by female. Incubation period is about 18 days.