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kingfisher

Syllabification: king·fish·er
Pronunciation: /ˈkiNGˌfiSHər
 
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Definition of kingfisher in English:

noun

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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

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