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magpie lark

or magpie-lark

a black-and-white pied bird, Grallina cyanoleuca, inhabiting areas near water in Australia and southern New Guinea.
Origin of magpie lark
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Its dainty, well-kept plumage renders the magpie-lark one of the most graceful of birds.

    An Australian Bird Book John Albert Leach
  • Note one or two prominent markings, and the size of a bird; say, larger than a Starling, but smaller than a magpie-lark.

    An Australian Bird Book John Albert Leach
British Dictionary definitions for magpie-lark

magpie lark

a common black-and-white bird of Australia, Grallina cyanoleuca, that builds a mud nest Also called peewee
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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