kingbird definition

  • noun:
    • any one of various United states flycatchers of genus Tyrannus, particularly T. tyrannus.
    • A group of large insectivorous passerine birds of genus Tyrannus.
    • a tiny American bird (Tyrannus tyrannus, or Tyrannus Carolinensis), noted for the nerve in assaulting larger wild birds, even hawks and eagles, specially when they approach its nest inside breeding period. It's an average tyrant flycatcher, taking numerous bugs upon the wing. It's dark ash above, and blackish regarding the bead and tail. The quills and wing coverts are whitish during the edges. It really is white beneath, with a white terminal musical organization in the end. The feathers on the head associated with the adults show a bright lime basal place whenever erected. Called also bee bird, and bee martin. A number of Southern and Western species of Tyrannus are also known as master birds.
    • The master tody. See under-king.
    • A tyrant flycatcher, Tyrannus carolinensis, abundant in the United States (also known as bee-martin), or some other types of the same genus, since the grey kingbird, Tyrannus dominicensis.
    • Any bird of household Tyrannid√¶; any tyrant flycatcher.
    • large US flycatcher

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