Animals Wildlife Photo: Kingfisher Bird Shows of a Brilliantly Designed Beak By Jaymi Heimbuch Writer California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Jaymi Heimbuch is a writer and photographer specializing in wildlife conservation. She is the author of The Ethiopian Wolf: Hope at the Edge of Extinction. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Jaymi Heimbuch Updated August 13, 2020 Wojciech Doganowski Share Twitter Pinterest Email Animals Wildlife Pets Animal Rights Endangered Species The bill of the kingfisher is so perfectly made for slicing through the air and into water during high-speed dives, that it actually has inspired the design of bullet trains. Because of that beak, kingfishers can cut seamlessly into the water after fish. Do you want your photo of the great outdoors featured on TreeHugger? Join the TreeHugger Photo Pool on Flickr and add your photos to the group!