Species Details

@Sankar Das

Crested Kingfisher Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Megaceryle lugubris
Family : Alcedinidae
Order : Coraciiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Evergreen forest
Description : Crested Kingfisher is a common pied water bird with a striped crest which looks blue-grey from above and white from below having several white spots on its entire body.It has black bill and iris along with greyish-olive legs and feet.The female and the juvenile are distinguished from the male by their pale-rufous underwing covers. This avian species primarily inhabits mountain rivers and larger rivers situated in the foothills of mountains. For nesting, it excavates burrows into vertical banks within forested areas. These burrows can be found alongside streams, ravines, or even up to 1.5 km (0.93 mi) away from water sources. Both male and female birds contribute to the digging process using their feet and bills. The burrow measures approximately 10-15 cm (3.9-5.9 in) in width and 2-3 m (6 ft 7 in - 9 ft 10 in) in length. The female alone is responsible for incubating the clutch of 4-7 eggs. Once hatched, the nestlings are cared for and fed by both parents for approximately 40 days until they are ready to leave the nest.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Hajbun Tasnim Preety,Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;photo credit: Sankar Das (www.inaturalist.org/people/Sankar Das ),photo shared from iNaturalist, photo copyright reserved according to iNaturalist rules;Mike Doohermore information, please contact us.