• 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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British Dictionary definitions for riflebird


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

from its call, compared to a whistling bullet
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