bellbird

bellbird

[bel-burd]
noun
any of several birds having a loud bell-like cry, especially Anthornis melanura, a honey eater of New Zealand, and Procnias tricarunculata (three-wattled bellbird) of Central America.
Also, bell bird.


Origin:
1795–1805; bell1 + bird

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bellbird (ˈbɛlˌbɜːd)
 
n
1.  any of several tropical American passerine birds of the genus Procnias having a bell-like call: family Cotingidae (cotingas)
2.  either of two other birds with a bell-like call: an Australian flycatcher, Oreoica gutturalis (crested bellbird), or a New Zealand honeyeater, Anthornis melanura

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bellbird

any of several unrelated birds from various locations around the world that are named for their ringing voices.

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