Definition of widowbird in English:

widowbird

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Pronunciation: /ˈwɪdəʊbəːd
 
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noun

  • 1An African weaver bird, the male of which has mainly black plumage and typically a long tail used in leaping displays.
    • Genus Euplectes, family Ploceidae: several species
    More example sentences
    • In this study we investigated whether the carotenoid throat patch displayed by male red-collared widowbirds determines the outcome of male contests.
    • For example, several species of birds such as bowerbirds, widowbirds, cock-of-the-rocks, birds of paradise, peacock-pheasants, and manakins build or clear courts used as arenas during elaborate courtship displays to females.
    • This widowbird is transformed into a beautiful long-tailed bird during the mating season.
  • 1.1 another term for whydah.

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