Definitions for kingbirdˈkɪŋˌbɜrd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

king•birdˈkɪŋˌbɜrd(n.)

  1. any of several large, pugnacious New World flycatchers of the genus

    Tyrannus.

    Category: Ornithology

Origin of kingbird:

1770–80, Amer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. kingbird, Tyrannus tyrannus(noun)

    large American flycatcher

Wiktionary

  1. kingbird(Noun)

    A group of large insectivorous passerine birds of the genus Tyrannus

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kingbird(noun)

    a small American bird (Tyrannus tyrannus, or T. Carolinensis), noted for its courage in attacking larger birds, even hawks and eagles, especially when they approach its nest in the breeding season. It is a typical tyrant flycatcher, taking various insects upon the wing. It is dark ash above, and blackish on the head and tail. The quills and wing coverts are whitish at the edges. It is white beneath, with a white terminal band on the tail. The feathers on the head of the adults show a bright orange basal spot when erected. Called also bee bird, and bee martin. Several Southern and Western species of Tyrannus are also called king birds

  2. Kingbird(noun)

    the king tody. See under King

Freebase

  1. Kingbird

    The genus Tyrannus is a group of large insect-eating birds in the tyrant flycatcher family Tyrannidae. The majority are named as kingbirds. They prefer semi-open or open areas. These birds wait on an exposed perch and then catch insects in flight. They have long pointed wings and large broad bills. These birds tend to defend their breeding territories aggressively, often chasing away much larger birds. The genus name means "tyrant".

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