Rain bird


any of several birds, especially the black-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus erythropthalmus ) and the yellow-billed cuckoo (C. americanus ), that are said to call frequently before a rainstorm.

1910–15; rain + bird

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rainbird (ˈreɪnˌbɜːd)
any of various birds, such as (in Britain) the green woodpecker, whose cry is supposed to portend rain

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