The kingfisher got it’s name by being a natural expert at fishing.
The most common species is the halcyon smynensis.
It’s mandarin name 翠 is pronounced as cui, which sounds similar to a particular type of jade commonly used in oriental jewelry.
It has a plumage of striking blue and orange. They are also often mistaken as swallows in appearance.
Due to it’s striking beauty, it is understandably associated with female beauty and elegance.
The kingfisher’s feathers are also commonly used for decorating clothing and accessories.
The eyebrows of beautiful women are sometimes described a kingfisher brows.
In general, this bird is associated with love-making and conjugal happiness.
For this reason, placement of kingfisher paintings should only be in homes of married couples.