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rifle bird

or riflebird

any of several birds of paradise of Australia, having a long bill, dark plumage, and elaborate courtship displays.
Origin of rifle bird
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The rifle bird; a near relative, I believe, to the birds of paradise.

    King o' the Beach George Manville Fenn
  • He raised his gun to shoot the rifle bird, but lowered it again.

    King o' the Beach George Manville Fenn
  • Then there is that beautiful purply black kind of crow—the rifle bird they call it.

    First in the Field George Manville Fenn

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