Definition of bellbird in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɛlbəːd/


1A tropical American bird of the cotinga family, with a loud explosive call.
  • Genus Procnias, family Cotingidae: four species.
Example sentences
  • A 1969 survey had turned up a dismal count of just 21 tuis and 24 bellbirds for the entire island.
  • Soon we're hearing a frenzy of bellbirds - crow-size, white cotingas, that sound like cracked bells.
  • When a tui or a bellbird pops open a bud, all four petals spring back, and as the bird inserts its beak into the corolla to drink nectar, its head often brushes pollen onto the receptive stigma.
2Any of a number of Australasian songbirds with a ringing call.
  • (New Zealand bellbird) A New Zealand honeyeater (Anthornis melanura, family Meliphagidae). (crested bellbird) An Australian whistler (Oreoica gutturalis, family Pachycephalidae). The bell miner. See miner2.
Example sentences
  • Theirs isn't the honeyed call of New Zealand bellbirds but a harsher sound my bird field guide book describes as a sharp ‘jak jak jak’.
  • We were entertained by the familiar voices of crested bellbirds and rufous songlarks, but a different voice soon became evident.
  • There are signs of many birds such as the Major Mitchell cockatoos, mulga parrots, honeyeaters, crested bellbirds and many more.

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