Definition of spinetail in English:


Line breaks: spine|tail
Pronunciation: /ˈspʌɪnteɪl


  • Any of a number of birds with pointed feather tips projecting beyond the tail:
    • (also spine-tailed swift) a mainly African and Asian swift (several genera in the family Apodidae).a small tropical American ovenbird (Synallaxis and other genera, family Furnariidae).
    More example sentences
    • There are two subfamilies of swifts: 13 species of Cypseloidinae (primitive American swifts) and 79 species of Apodinae (swiftlets, spinetails and typical swifts).
    • The jacket says ‘several plates have been revised by the artist’ but I found only one change: a new Plate 10 for African spinetails.
    • We came across a pair of agitated crested spinetails and a very active grey-throated leaftosser.

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