or apos·tle bird

[ uh-pos-uh l-burd ]
/ əˈpɒs əlˌbɜrd /


an omnivorous bird, Struthidea cinerea, of eastern Australia, that has chiefly dark gray-brown plumage with white tail markings and is noted for its habit of traveling in groups of about 12 related individuals.

Origin of apostlebird

First recorded in 1930–35; apostle + bird
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