king·fish·er | \ˈkiŋ-ˌfi-shər \

Definition of kingfisher 

: any of numerous nonpasserine birds (family Alcedinidae) that are usually crested and bright-colored with a short tail and a long stout sharp bill

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Dozens of other bird species call the park home year round, including night herons, great white egrets, kingfishers and the delta’s year-round resident flock of greater flamingos. Smithsonian, "Explore Catalonia’s Most Beautiful Nature Parks," 15 June 2018 There were the usual citizens of kingfishers, turtles, limpkins, herons, big fish and others. Kevin Spear,, "Wekiva and Rock Springs Run cure stress with gorgeous gators and hypnotic rain," 1 June 2018 Birds include plain chachalacas, ringed kingfishers and green jays, and rarities such as blue buntings and roadside hawks. Houston Chronicle, "Top birding spots around Texas," 10 May 2018 Alligators may lounge on the shoreline and dozens of birds pass by from kingfishers to osprey. Richard Tribou,, "Explore Florida's DeSoto County: Taming the Peace River," 6 May 2018 Trails offer visitors passage into forests of sabal palms and live oaks draped in Spanish moss, ponds busy with herons, kingfishers and waterfowl, and riparian wetlands skirting the banks of the Rio Grande. James F. Mccarty,, "Eco-tourists enjoy Rio Grande Valley as threat of a border wall threatens habitat," 15 Apr. 2018 Nearly 40 Guam kingfisher chicks have hatched at the park over the years, significantly raising the population of these birds to nearly 150 worldwide. Bruce Pecho,, "20 things you may not know about Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which turns 20 on Earth Day," 17 Apr. 2018 From Buley Rockhole, take the two-mile Florence Creek Walk through the monsoon rainforest and spot a range of wildlife, from unique bird species such as kingfishers and fairy-wrens, to bandicoots (small terrestrial marsupials). Smithsonian, "Discover more of the Northern Territory's Top End.," 7 Apr. 2017 One photo circulating on the internet showed a kingfisher drenched in black oil. Author: Iliana Magra, Alaska Dispatch News, "Floating tar, dead fish: Oil spill threatens Greek beaches," 15 Sep. 2017

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1611, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of kingfisher

: a type of brightly colored bird that has a long, thin bill and that catches fish by diving into water


king·fish·er | \ˈkiŋ-ˌfi-shər \

Kids Definition of kingfisher

: a crested bird with a short tail, long sharp bill, and bright feathers

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