|Crested Kingfisher Megaceryle lugubris|
Chu River, Punakha, Bhutan
The Crested Kingfisher is distributed from north-east Afghanistan through the Himalayas to eastern China and Japan and south to Indochina, Thailand and Myanmar.
|It prefers fast-flowing
rivers and streams with a gravel or rocky bed.
It is a large kingfisher with a large crest. Upperparts are black and white barring while below is mainly white with a black and white speckled breast band in the case of the female as shown here. The male has some rufous in the breast band. Note also the pink-cinnamon underwing-coverts visible in photo 2.
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