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The pied kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) belonging to the family Alcedinidae under the order Coraciiformes.

Cooperative breeding in Pied kingfisher

The species Ceryle rudis are quite gregarious and they congregate at communal roosting sites at night. Quite often cooperative (communal) breeding is observed in these species of birds.

The non-breeding siblings from earlier brood have been found to help the parents in raising the hatchlings; sometimes even unrelated older birds have been found to help.

The adult male and female ratio of these species is skewed and there is surplus of males probably due to a higher mortality rate among the breeding females. The incubating and brooding activity at night is done exclusively by the female.

Consequently, the females are more exposed to dangers like caving in of nesting tunnels, flooding and nest predation. Many of the surplus males take up the role of primary/secondary helpers, assisting the breeding pair in protecting the nesting site as well as bringing food for the nestlings.
Taxonomic classification
Binomial name:Ceryle rudis
Species:C. rudis

Pied kingfisher - Ceryle rudis
1.Pied kingfisher - Ceryle rudis
Photo by Hans Hillewaert

Pied kingfisher - Ceryle rudis
2.Pied kingfisher - Ceryle rudis
Photo by Hein waschefort

Ceryle rudis
3.Pied kingfisher - Ceryle rudis
Photo by Harvey Barrison

Ceryle rudis
4.Pied kingfisher - Ceryle rudis
Photo by Leo za1

Ceryle rudis
5.Pied kingfisher - Ceryle rudis
Photo by Leo za1

Ceryle rudis
6.Pied kingfisher - Ceryle rudis Photo by Ji-Elle

Ceryle rudis
7.Pied kingfisher - Ceryle rudis Photo by Charlesjsharp

Ceryle rudis
8.Ceryle rudis Photo by Artemy Voikhansky

Ceryle rudis
9.Ceryle rudis Photo by stuart Burns

Ceryle rudis
10.Ceryle rudis by Charlesjsharp


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1.Photo source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ceryle_rudis_(male).jpg (cropped)
Author: Hans Hillewaert | License: CC BY-SA 3.0
2.Photo source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pied_kingfisher_killing_fish.jpg (cropped)
Author: Hein waschefort | License: CC BY-SA 3.0
3.Photo source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ceryle_rudis_-Kruger_National_Park,_South_Africa-8_(2).jpg (cropped)
Author: Harvey Barrison | License: CC BY-SA 2.0 as on 5/26/17
4.Photo source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Austin_Roberts_Bird_Sanctuary-048.jpg (cropped)
Author: Leo za1 | License: CC BY-SA 3.0
5.Photo source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Austin_Roberts_Bird_Sanctuary-018.jpg (cropped)
Author: Leo za1 | License: CC BY-SA 3.0
6.Photo source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lac_Ha%C3%AFk-Ethiopie-Martin-p%C3%AAcheur_pie_(3).jpg (cropped)
Author: Ji-Elle | License: CC BY-SA 3.0
7.Photo source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pied_kingfisher_(Ceryle_rudis_rudis)_female.jpg (cropped)
Author: Charlesjsharp | License: CC BY-SA 4.0
8.Photo source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pied_kingfisher_in_flight.jpg (cropped)
Author: Artemy Voikhansky | License: CC BY-SA 4.0
9.Photo source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Birds_1010159_(31516478876).jpg (cropped)
Author: stuart Burns | License: CC BY 2.0 as on 5/27/17
10.Photo source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pied_kingfisher_(Ceryle_rudis_rudis)_male.jpg (cropped)
Author: Charlesjsharp | License: CC BY-SA 4.0
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