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Crested kingfisher

Thai: นกกะเต็นขาวดำใหญ่, nok kraten khaw dam yai

Binomial name: Megaceryle lugubris, Coenraad Jacob Temminck, 1834

The crested kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris) is resident of the Himalayas and foothills of Northern India, Bangladesh, northern Indochina, Southeast Asia, Japan and Russia. It is a very large (41 cm) 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. This bird is mainly found in mountain rivers and larger rivers in foothills.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Coraciiformes
Family
Alcedinidae
Genus
Megaceryle
Species
Megaceryle lugubris

Common names

  • Thai: นกกะเต็นขาวดำใหญ่, nok kraten khaw dam yai

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Crested kingfisher

Crested kingfisher

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Greater pied kingfisher distribution

Greater pied kingfisher distribution

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Distribution map of Crested kingfisher, Megaceryle lugubris in Thailand

Range map of Megaceryle lugubris in Thailand

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Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.

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