- any of numerous fish- or insect-eating birds of the family Alcedinidae that have a large head and a long, stout bill and are usually crested and brilliantly colored.
Origin of kingfisher
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Contemporary Examples of kingfisher
For The Kingfisher River Bank, Potter killed a whole family of kingfishers (and seized seven of their eggs).Dead and Beautiful: The Art of Taxidermy
April 16, 2014
Historical Examples of kingfisher
The kingfisher makes its nest of the bones of the fish which it has eaten.Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection
Alfred Russel Wallace
A kingfisher was sitting on it, when we came along, and flew off with a screech.Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay
G. Harvey Ralphson
It was with great difficulty that Kingfisher seized him and brought him to land.
He thought he had marked the spot where the kingfisher had dived into the bank.Orpheus in Mayfair and Other Stories and Sketches
The great or broad-billed jacamar is very like a kingfisher.The Western World
- any coraciiform bird of the family Alcedinidae, esp the Eurasian Alcedo atthis, which has a greenish-blue and orange plumage. Kingfishers have a large head, short tail, and long sharp bill and tend to live near open water and feed on fish