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.
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How to use kingfisher in a sentence
For The kingfisher River Bank, Potter killed a whole family of kingfishers (and seized seven of their eggs).
As well as about the Vale ponds, the kingfisher breeds in holes in the rocks all round the Island.Birds of Guernsey (1879) | Cecil Smith
As I was stooping down, hidden by a rock, I saw a kingfisher slowly floating toward the beach.Laboulaye's Fairy Book | Various
Though their plumage is prettily varied, still it falls far short of the brilliancy displayed by the English kingfisher.Wanderings in South America | Charles Waterton
February marks the beginning of the nesting season of the handsome pied kingfisher (Ceryle rudis).A Bird Calendar for Northern India | Douglas Dewar
The nest of the pied kingfisher is a circular tunnel or burrow, more than a yard in length, excavated in a river bank.A Bird Calendar for Northern India | Douglas Dewar
British Dictionary definitions for kingfisher
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
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