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Crested Kingfisher

Megaceryle lugubris

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Large thickset kingfisher of fast-flowing streams in forested inland regions. Dense, fine barring gives it a silvery appearance at a distance; this finer patterning, along with its large, shaggy crest, distinguishes it from the similarly black-and-white Pied Kingfisher. Often uses exposed perches, such as telephone lines and tall snags, from which it often gives its loud rattling call.

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