apostle bird

apostlebird

[uh-pos-uhl-burd]
noun
an omnivorous bird, Struthidea cinerea, of eastern Australia, that has chiefly dark gray-brown plumage with white tail markings and is noted for its habit of traveling in groups of about 12 related individuals.
Also, apostle bird.


Origin:
1930–35; apostle + bird

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apostle bird
 
n
a gregarious grey-and-brown Australian nest-building bird, Struthidea cinerea
 
[C20: so called for its apparent habit of congregating in groups of twelve]

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