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Definition of kingfisher
- an often brightly colored bird with a large head and long sharp beak, typically diving for fish from a perch. Many of the tropical kinds live in forests and feed on terrestrial prey such as insects and lizards.
- Family Alcedinidae: many genera and numerous species, especially the belted kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon), with blue-gray and white plumage and a shaggy crest, found throughout North America