rifle bird

or ri·fle·bird


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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British Dictionary definitions for riflebird



any of various birds of paradise of the genera Ptiloris and Craspedophora, such as C. magnifica (magnificent riflebird)

Word Origin for riflebird

from its call, compared to a whistling bullet
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