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crocodile bird

noun
  1. an African courser, Pluvianus aegyptius, that often sits upon basking crocodiles and feeds on their insect parasites.
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Origin of crocodile bird

First recorded in 1865–70
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Historical Examples of crocodile bird

  • Here the voice of the Burong boya (crocodile-bird) may be heard, singing like an English thrush.

    Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak

    Harriette McDougall


British Dictionary definitions for crocodile bird

crocodile bird

noun
  1. an African courser, Pluvianus aegyptius, that lives close to rivers and is thought to feed on insects parasitic on crocodiles
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