Definition of apostlebird in English:

Share this entry



1A gregarious Australian bird of the mud-nester family, with grey, brown, and black plumage and a robust black bill.
  • Struthidea cinerea, family Corcoracidae (or Grallinidae).
Example sentences
  • In another paper accepted for publication in the same journal, he and colleagues from the University of Melbourne, Australia, studied apostlebirds, Struthidea cinerea.
  • One need go no further than the verandah of your Canvas Cabin to see scaly-breasted and rainbow lorikeets, king parrots, scrub turkeys, kookaburras, currawongs squatter pigeons and apostlebirds.
  • This family also contains birds as varied as the quail-thrushes, sittellas, choughs, apostlebirds, shrike-tits, bellbirds, whistlers, shrike-thrushes, birds-of paradise, butcherbirds, magpies, currawongs, woodswallows, orioles, cuckoo-shrikes, trillers, fantails, monarchs, magpie-larks, and others.
1.1Australian Any of a number of other gregarious birds, especially babblers.


Early 20th century: named from the supposed habit of these birds of going about in flocks of twelve.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: apostle|bird

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.