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This is the only kingfisher in the region with a brownish streaked head and upper breast.
In flight, the turquoise flight feathers are very conspicuous. The underwings are cinnamon.
Sexes are similar although female is slightly larger and has brown (not black) back and wing coverts.
Call is a 3 to 5 note descending trill, "Ki-ti-ti-ti".
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