• synonyms

rifle bird

or ri·fle·bird

  1. any of several birds of paradise of Australia, having a long bill, dark plumage, and elaborate courtship displays.
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Origin of rifle bird

First recorded in 1825–35
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Historical Examples

  • Being wholly new, this bird might have been named the Grenadier, as a companion to the Rifle-bird.

    Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 1 (of 2)

    Thomas Mitchell