puffbird

puffbird

[puhf-burd]
noun
any of several tropical American birds of the family Bucconidae, related to the barbets, having a large head with the feathers often fluffed out.

Origin:
1815–25; puff + bird

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puffbird (ˈpʌfˌbɜːd)
 
n
any of various brownish tropical American birds of the family Bucconidae, having a large head: order Piciformes (woodpeckers, etc)
 
[C19: so called because of its habit of puffing out its feathers]

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puffbird

any of 30 species of tropical American birds that constitute the family Bucconidae (order Piciformes). They are named for their habit of perching tamely in the open with the feathers of their large heads and short necks puffed out. Some species are known as nunlets and nunbirds.

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