October 16, 2015 – Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)

Requested by: @taylorrbranham

These kingfishers are found in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and South and Southeast Asia. They hunt for fish from a perch, or while hovering above the water, and also eat insects, frogs, and mollusks. Breeding pairs dig nest chambers into sandbanks, a process which takes nearly a month. Females do most of the incubation and helpers often assist the pair. These birds are usually the year old chicks of the pair, or adults which have failed in their own attempts at breeding.