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Definition of kingfisher
- an often brightly coloured 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, e.g. the small river kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), with bright blue and orange plumage, found from Europe to Australasia