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Kingbird   Listen
noun
Kingbird  n.  (Zool.)
1.
A small American bird (Tyrannus tyrannus, or Tyrannus Carolinensis), noted for its courage in attacking larger birds, even hawks and eagles, especially when they approach its nest in the breeding season. It is a typical tyrant flycatcher, taking various insects upon the wing. It is dark ash above, and blackish on the bead and tail. The quills and wing coverts are whitish at the edges. It is white beneath, with a white terminal band on the tail. The feathers on the head of the adults show a bright orange basal spot when erected. Called also bee bird, and bee martin. Several Southern and Western species of Tyrannus are also called king birds.
2.
The king tody. See under King.






Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48








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"Kingbird" Quotes from Famous Books



... big cat crept towards Robert Robin's tree. Mister Kingbird came fluttering his wings and screaming, "King! King! King!" but though he feared no hawk nor owl he was afraid of the big cat and would not ...
— Exciting Adventures of Mister Robert Robin • Ben Field



Words linked to "Kingbird" :   western kingbird, Cassin's kingbird, grey kingbird, Tyrannus domenicensis domenicensis, tyrant bird, Arkansas kingbird, eastern kingbird, petchary, Tyrannus vociferans, Tyrannus tyrannus, gray kingbird, New World flycatcher, flycatcher



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