- any of several American tyrant flycatchers of the genus Tyrannus, especially T. tyrannus (eastern kingbird), of North America, known for their pugnacious disposition toward predators.
Origin of kingbird
Also called bee martin.
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Examples from the Web for kingbird
With none of these intruders had the kingbird any quarrel when away from his nest.
This was satisfactory, for I did not know the kingbird in domestic life.
It looked exceedingly like "showing off," and who could imagine a kingbird in that rôle!
In this respect their habits are much like those of their cousin, the kingbird.Our Bird Comrades
Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
Of the flycatchers, I have noted the kingbird, the least flycatcher, and the phœbe.Birds in the Bush
- any of several large American flycatchers of the genus Tyrannus, esp T. tyrannus (eastern kingbird or bee martin)
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