A genus of perching birds noted for their brilliant plumage. The kingfisher is usually found alone, perched on the bough of a tree on the banks of rivers. Here it will sit for hours watching for fish. It dives the moment it perceives its prey, carries the fish to the perch, kills it, and swallows it whole. The kingfisher makes its nest of fish-bones, ejected by the bird itself. It is found all over the world. The wood kingfisher of Africa feeds largely upon insects, snails, and fishes. The belted kingfisher of North America is slate-blue, with white breast, and feeds on fishes. The giant kingfisher of Australia feeds on lizards and insects.