Megaceryle lugubris

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.

Chanfi village, Nainital district, Uttarakhand, India
October 2019