Found in the Himalayan foothills, from northern India to western Thailand.
They range in size from 20 – 29 cm. The body is glossy blue-black, though with white to the rump or underparts in most subspecies. Females tend to have brownish bodies. Crest can be white or glossy black depending on the sub-species. Feathers can be tipped with black. Both sexes have a bare red face and greyish legs.