- any of several birds of paradise of Australia, having a long bill, dark plumage, and elaborate courtship displays.
Origin of rifle bird
First recorded in 1825–35
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- any of various birds of paradise of the genera Ptiloris and Craspedophora, such as C. magnifica (magnificent riflebird)
from its call, compared to a whistling bullet