Entry from British & World English dictionary
(also bird-winged butterfly)
A very large boldly marked butterfly occurring in the tropical parts of Australasia.
- Genus Ornithoptera, family Papilionidae: several species, including Queen Alexandra’s birdwing (O. alexandrae), which is the world’s largest butterfly
- At least 280 species, including birdwings, live in the park.
- A hundred and fifty years ago, Alfred Russel Wallace must have stood in similar awe when he first saw this spectacular birdwing butterfly in Sarawak, a few hundred miles down the coast from where we were hiking.
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