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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Kingfisher  \King"fish`er\,  n.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  Any  one  of  numerous  species  of  birds  constituting  the  family 
  {Alcedinid[ae]}.  Most  of  them  feed  upon  fishes  which  they 
  capture  by  diving  and  seizing  then  with  the  beak;  others  feed 
  only  upon  reptiles,  insects,  etc  About  one  hundred  and  fifty 
  species  are  known  They  are  found  in  nearly  all  parts  of  the 
  world,  but  are  particularly  abundant  in  the  East  Indies. 
 
  Note:  The  belted  king-fisher  of  the  United  States  ({Ceryle 
  alcyon})  feeds  upon  fishes.  It  is  slate-blue  above, 
  with  a  white  belly  and  breast,  and  a  broad  white  ring 
  around  the  neck.  A  dark  band  crosses  the  breast.  The 
  common  European  species  ({Alcedo  ispida}),  which  is 
  much  smaller  and  brighter  colored,  is  also  a  fisher. 
  See  {Alcedo}.  The  wood  kingfishers  ({Halcyones}),  which 
  inhabit  forests,  especially  in  Africa,  feed  largely 
  upon  insects,  but  also  eat  reptiles,  snails,  and  small 
  Crustacea,  as  well  as  fishes.  The  giant  kingfisher  of 
  Australia  feeds  largely  upon  lizards  and  insects.  See 
  {Laughing  jackass},  under  {Laughing}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  kingfisher 
  n  :  nonpasserine  large-headed  bird  with  a  short  tail  and  long 
  sharp  bill;  usually  crested  and  bright-colored;  feed 
  mostly  on  fish 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Kingfisher,  OK  (city,  FIPS  39850) 
  Location:  35.84456  N,  97.93894  W 
  Population  (1990):  4095  (1901  housing  units) 
  Area:  10.4  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  73750 




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