magpie lark

or magpie-lark


noun

a black-and-white pied bird, Grallina cyanoleuca, inhabiting areas near water in Australia and southern New Guinea.

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Origin of magpie lark

First recorded in 1885–90

Words nearby magpie lark

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Example sentences from the Web for magpie lark

  • Note one or two prominent markings, and the size of a bird; say, larger than a Starling, but smaller than a Magpie-Lark.

    An Australian Bird Book|John Albert Leach
  • Its dainty, well-kept plumage renders the Magpie-Lark one of the most graceful of birds.

    An Australian Bird Book|John Albert Leach

British Dictionary definitions for magpie lark

magpie lark

noun

a common black-and-white bird of Australia, Grallina cyanoleuca, that builds a mud nestAlso called: peewee
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