504 Pied Kingfisher

The Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) is a small, about 17 cm long, bird with black and white plumage and crest. It is a resident in sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia. It lives on small fish and water insects. It detects its prey by hovering over the surface of water and then diving vertically to catch it. After catching the prey it rapidly comes out beak-first and manages to swallow it while flying.