Small, rather dark kingfisher. Male is highly distinctive, with a broad blue-green band across a white chest. Female is very different, with no band and all-orange belly. Female similar to Common Kingfisher but overall duller, darker coloration; lacks the orange patch behind the eye and has a red base to the bill. Female also similar to Blue-eared Kingfisher but lacks the bright blue color. Hunts along fast-flowing forested streams from lowlands into foothills. Gives a piercing call similar to that of Common Kingfisher.