Meaning of kingfisher in English:

kingfisher

Pronunciation /ˈkɪŋfɪʃə/

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noun

  • 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

    ‘There were more stretches through wilderness and spotting shoals of fish, cormorants, cranes, owls, spoonbills, kingfishers, woodpeckers, and a few snakes.’
    • ‘Like motmots and todies, kingfishers often have brilliant plumage, are largely insectivorous, and nest in cavities that are often excavated in earthen banks.’
    • ‘The array of birds included a hen harrier, barn owls, kingfishers, sparrowhawks, long-eared owls, kestrels and woodpeckers.’
    • ‘Dozens of other birds - warblers, wrens, cuckoos, cardinals, kingfishers, doves, owls, hawks and herons - traverse the sky and the trees.’
    • ‘These incoming crowds are, in turn, boosting numbers of fish-eating birds, such as herons, kingfishers, and grebes.’
    • ‘Flocks of wintering water birds include the thrush, the kingfisher, the robin, the shama, the barbet, the bee-eater, the flycatcher, the sunbird, the bulbul and the drongo.’
    • ‘In fall you'll see Northern flickers, herons, kingfishers, downy woodpeckers, and lots of ducks (common goldeneyes, mallards, mergansers).’
    • ‘Mr Deacon says that far from damaging wildlife, the lake and wetlands already attract kingfishers, mallards, woodpeckers, coots, waterhens, curlews, plovers, deer and foxes.’
    • ‘We didn't catch that fish, or any fish, but we had a great day with kingfishers, peregrine falcons and buzzards for company.’
    • ‘Otters, badgers, kestrels, lapwing, buzzards and kingfishers are just a few of the animals and birds under threat along the Clanrye River between the Belfast and Tandragee Roads north of Newry.’
    • ‘Just months after Edwards Dam was removed, birds such as ospreys, bald eagles, and kingfishers returned.’
    • ‘There are still many native birds in the shrubland including bellbirds, kingfishers, silvereye and the hawk or kahu.’
    • ‘Although kingfishers, bee eaters, storks, dragonflies, mosquitoes and ants are all part of his photographic repertoire, the wary hoopoe has been dodging his lens for years.’
    • ‘All the common species are here - blackbirds and thrushes and the like - plus goldfinches, swallows, kingfishers and grebes on the pond.’
    • ‘The little oasis on Buckshaw Hall Road, off Chancery Road, has been home to kingfishers, herons, mallard and a moorhen that has recently settled there.’
    • ‘A pond near an amphitheater from Alexander the Great's time had a black-crowned night heron, a few little egrets, pied kingfishers and black-winged stilts.’
    • ‘Cats - especially those breeding in the wild - along with stoats and ferrets, moreporks, blackbirds and kingfishers are the worst enemies of the lizards.’
    • ‘Sara thought it was a kingfisher and, let me tell you, she knows kingfishers.’
    • ‘Studies confirm the most delicate and exotic species - butterflies, dragonflies, otters, kingfishers, woodpeckers - do indeed get wiped out.’
    • ‘The idea grew out of an effort to save highly endangered Micronesian kingfishers in Guam, where many bird species had been decimated by a brown snake invasion.’