Definition of rifle bird in English:

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rifle bird

noun

A bird of paradise, the male of which has mainly velvety-black plumage and a display call that sounds like a whistling bullet.
  • Genus Ptiloris, family Paradisaeidae: three species.
Example sentences
  • The rifle bird was once very common but the clearing of rainforest has destroyed much of its habitat and so it is scarce in many areas.

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Syllabification: ri·fle bird

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