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Any of several crested fishing birds of the family Alcedinidae native to temperate and tropical areas throughout the world. Kignfishers often have bluish-gray colored feathers used for decoration. The kookaburra, of Australia, belongs to this family.
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Resources and Citations
- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
- Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "Kingfisher." Accessed 6 Sept. 2004.