Crested Kingfisher

Information about the Bird Crested Kingfisher

The crested kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris) is a very large kingfisher that is native to parts of southern Asia and Japan. It forms a species complex with the other three Megaceryle species.

It is resident in the Himalayas and mountain foothills of northern India, Bangladesh, northern Indochina, Southeast Asia, Japan and Russia. This bird is mainly found in mountain rivers and larger rivers in the foothills of mountains.
It is a very large (41cm) black and white kingfisher with evenly barred wings and tail. It lacks a supercilium and has a spotted breast, which is sometimes mixed with rufous.
A decline has been noted in northeastern China. Declines have been linked to habitat destruction.
There are four accepted races:

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