Definitions for oilbirdˈɔɪlˌbɜrd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a nocturnal cave-nesting bird of tropical South America, Steatornis caripensis, akin to the goatsuckers: the rendered fat of its young has been used as a cooking and lighting oil.

    Category: Ornithology

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. oilbird, guacharo, Steatornis caripensis(noun)

    nocturnal fruit-eating bird of South America that has fatty young yielding an oil that is used instead of butter


  1. oilbird(Noun)

    Steatornis caripensis, a nocturnal South American bird related to the nightjars that feeds on the fruit of the oil palm and tropical laurels.


  1. Oilbird

    The Oilbird, locally known as the guácharo, is a bird found in the northern areas of South America. They are nocturnal feeders on the fruits of the Oil Palm and tropical laurels, and are the only nocturnal flying fruit eating birds in the world. They forage at night, navigating by echolocation in the same way as bats, but with a high-pitched clicking sound of around 2 kHz that is audible to humans.


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