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Not the Pied Piper....

But have you ever seen the lovely - and quite large - pied kingfisher ?

(Ceryle rudis) is a water kingfisher and is found around lakes and ponds.

This one was found above the shrimp ponds outside of Mai Po

Originally described by Linnaeus in 1758, Males have a double band across the breast while females have a single gorget that is often broken in the middle. And our word for the day is "gorget" which means "A patch of coloured feathers found on the throat or upper breast of some birds",

The pied kingfisher was one of the many bird species originally described by Linnaeus in the landmark 1758 10th edition of his Systema Naturae, and old Mr Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778) was a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist who formalised binomial nomenclature, the modern system of naming organisms. He is known as the "father of modern taxonomy". So now you know.

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