Crested Kingfisher
Adult Crested Kingfisher, Jim Corbett National Park, India
Scientific classification Red Pencil Icon
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Clade: Afroaves
Order: Coraciiformes
Suborder: Halcyoni
Family: Alcedinidae
Subfamily: Cerylinae
Genus: Megaceryle
Species: M. lugubris
Binomial name
Megaceryle lugubris
(Temminck, 1834)
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The Distribution of the Crested Kingfisher

The Crested Kingfisher, Megaceryle lugubris is a species of water kingfisher in the Cerylinae subfamily. Forms a group with Giant Kingfisher, M. maxima, Ringed Kingfisher, M. torquata and Belted Kingfisher, M. alcyon.[2]

Other names

Greater Pied Kingfisher, Great Pied Kingfisher, Large Pied Kingfisher.[3]


Similar species






It is resident of the Himalayas and foothills of North East India, Bangladesh, northern Indochina, south and east China and Japan.


  1. ^ "Megaceryle lugubris". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Woodall, P.F. (2017). Crested Kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 15 September 2017).
  3. ^ "Crested Kingfisher Megaceryle lugubris". Mangoverde World Bird Guide. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 

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