Wattlebird

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wattlebird (Zoöl) Any one of several species of honey eaters belonging to Anthochæra and allied genera of the family Meliphagidæ. These birds usually have a large and conspicuous wattle of naked skin hanging down below each ear. They are natives of Australia and adjacent islands.
    • Wattlebird (Zoöl) The Australian brush turkey.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wattlebird The Australian wattled or warty-faced honey-eater, Anthochæra carunculata: formerly also called wattled bee-eater and wattled crow by Latham, and pie à pendeloques by Daudin. Among its former New Latin names are Merops or Corvus carunculatus, Creadion carunculatum, and Corvus paradoxus. It inhabits Australia, and has ear-wattles about half an inch long. In a related species of Tasmania, A. inauris, the wattles are more than an inch long. The plumage is variegated with gray, brown, and white. Several other meliphagine birds are also wattled.
    • n wattlebird A wattle-crow, Glaucopis cinerea, the cinereous wattle-bird of Latham.
    • n wattlebird A wattle-turkey.
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