A large kingfisher of foothill and mid-montane forest. Bright orange head and body, blue back and tail, bright yellow bill and black mark on the back of the head. Females also have a black mark on the crown. Almost identical to Yellow-billed Kingfisher, but Mountain Kingfisher is larger, found higher up, and most birds have a dark smudge on top of the bill. Call, an accelerating series of loud notes, first rising slightly, then falling and ending in a trill. Remeniscent of a New World antshrike.