woodswallow

wood-swallow

[wood-swol-oh]
noun
any of several slate-colored songbirds of the family Artamidae, of southeastern Asia, Australia, and New Guinea, having long, pointed wings and noted for their swift, soaring flight.

Origin:
1850–55

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woodswallow (ˈwʊdˌswɒləʊ)
 
n
any of several insectivorous birds of the genus Artamus of Australia

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woodswallow

(Artamus), any of 10 species of songbirds constituting the family Artamidae (order Passeriformes). Woodswallows are found from eastern India, Southeast Asia, and the Philippines southward to Australia and Tasmania. They resemble swallows in wing shape and aerial feeding habits. All are gray, with white, black, or reddish touches (sexes alike). They have stout, wide-gaped bills and brush-tipped tongues

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