Definitions for kingfisherˈkɪŋˌfɪʃ ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

king•fish•erˈkɪŋˌfɪʃ ər(n.)

  1. any of various usu. brightly colored birds of the family Alcedinidae, of worldwide distribution, with large heads and robust bills: many dive for fish.

    Category: Ornithology

Origin of kingfisher:

1400–50

Princeton's WordNet

  1. kingfisher(noun)

    nonpasserine large-headed bird with a short tail and long sharp bill; usually crested and bright-colored; feed mostly on fish

Wiktionary

  1. kingfisher(Noun)

    Any of various birds of the suborder Alcedines, having a large head, short tail and brilliant colouration; they feed mostly on fish.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kingfisher(noun)

    any one of numerous species of birds constituting the family Alcedinidae. Most of them feed upon fishes which they capture by diving and seizing then with the beak; others feed only upon reptiles, insects, etc. About one hundred and fifty species are known. They are found in nearly all parts of the world, but are particularly abundant in the East Indies

Freebase

  1. Kingfisher

    Kingfishers are a group of small to medium sized brightly coloured birds in the order Coraciiformes. They have a cosmopolitan distribution, with most species being found in the Old World and Australasia. The group is treated either as a single family, Alcedinidae, or as a suborder Alcedines containing three families, Alcedinidae, Halcyonidae, and Cerylidae. There are roughly 90 species of kingfisher. All have large heads, long, sharp, pointed bills, short legs, and stubby tails. Most species have bright plumage with little differences between the sexes. Most species are tropical in distribution, and a slight majority are found only in forests. They consume a wide range of prey as well as fish, usually caught by swooping down from a perch. Like other members of their order they nest in cavities, usually tunnels dug into the natural or artificial banks in the ground. A few species, principally insular forms, are threatened with extinction. In Britain, the word 'kingfisher' normally refers to the Common Kingfisher.


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kingfisher(noun)

a type of bird with brilliant blue feathers which feeds on fish.

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