Definition of woodswallow in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwʊdswɒləʊ/


A long-winged Australasian and southern Asian bird related to the Australian butcher-birds, feeding on insects in flight.
  • Family Artamidae and genus Artamus: several species.
Example sentences
  • One of their major discoveries concerned Australian passerines: birds like fairy-wrens, Austra-Papuan robins and woodswallows had all been placed in different groups of Old World birds, as suggested by their names.
  • At the dam there are hundreds of woodswallows congregating for their drink and preparing to roost.
  • Considered to be the most sedentary of the woodswallows, it will move to coastal areas during droughts.

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