Crested Kingfisher
Megaceryle lugubris

Possible regional races (polytypic)
-M. l. continentalis
-M. l. guttulata
Megaceryle lugubris continentalis
River Giri, near Renuka Wetland, Himachal Pradesh, India on 25th Dec, 2005.
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It has only been found in the Himalayas, frequenting wooded streams and rivers, and living exclusively on fish. It watches from a fixed perch, and darts down generally obliquely on its prey, not hovering, like its congener of the plains. I saw it near Darjeeling, up to 5,000 feet of elevation.

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