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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Each of its 21 rooms is named after a bird found near the estuary, such as kingfisher or heron.
Some attractions are a snapping turtle that likes to sun itself on a log, a variety of fish in the lake and such fish-eating birds as herons, kingfishers and mergansers.
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).
Other favorites: Paintings that incorporate critters among leaves and branches, such as a kingfisher on a willow branch ($1,500).
Gliding across the water as the sun came up and the shorebirds — kingfishers, sandpipers, herons, egrets — sprang to life was a heavenly treat.
Kingfishers give fish to their mates, while the great gray shrike, native to most northern climes, is more dramatic.
A kingfisher flew over the shallows, and out in the center of the pond, a loon and a chick were snorkeling — scanning with their heads underwater — and diving for fish.
Certain brightly colored birds, like kingfishers or parrots, have feathers embedded with a not-quite-random arrangement of air pockets.
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Definition of kingfisher for English Language Learners
: a type of brightly colored bird that has a long, thin bill and that catches fish by diving into water
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Definition of kingfisher for Students
: a crested bird with a short tail, long sharp bill, and bright feathers
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