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.
- 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.
For editors and proofreaders
Syllabification: ri·fle bird
Definition of rifle bird in:
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.