kingbird

[ king-burd ]
/ ˈkɪŋˌbɜrd /

noun

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

An Americanism dating back to 1770–80; king + bird
Also called bee martin.
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kingbird
/ (ˈkɪŋˌbɜːd) /

noun

any of several large American flycatchers of the genus Tyrannus, esp T. tyrannus (eastern kingbird or bee martin)
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