tropic bird


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tropic bird mostly white web-footed tropical seabird often found far from land
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tropic bird (Zoöl) any one of three species of oceanic belonging to the genus Phaëthon, found chiefly in tropical seas. They are mostly white, and have two central tail feathers very long and slender. The yellow-billed tropic bird. Phaëthon flavirostriscalled also boatswain), is found on the Atlantic coast of America, and is common at the Bermudas, where it breeds.
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In literature:

The princess seated herself, attentive, her head on one side like some bright-eyed tropical bird.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, October, 1877, Vol. XX. No. 118" by Various
Dining later opposite Landry in a great golden palace, Cissy seemed like some gay tropical bird.
"The Gay Cockade" by Temple Bailey
A white tropical bird of a kind never known to sleep upon the sea came flying toward them, alighting for a moment in the rigging.
"Days of the Discoverers" by L. Lamprey
She was like a tropic bird seen amid the scant foliage of northern hills.
"Wayside Courtships" by Hamlin Garland
Gannets, boobies, men of war and tropic birds, were constantly about us.
"A Narrative Of The Mutiny, On Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty; And The Subsequent Voyage Of Part Of The Crew, In The Ship's Boat" by William Bligh
She was like a tropic bird seen amid the scant foliage of northern hills.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
It is only in the tropics, among forests which never lose their foliage, that we find whole groups of birds whose chief colour is green.
"Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection" by Alfred Russel Wallace
They always seemed to me in the house like two wild birds, and tropical ones at that, in a cage.
"The Gypsies" by Charles G. Leland
There were probably a greater number of tropic birds than of any others.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
His coat is no warmer than those birds which have gone to the far tropics.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
In our plea for the protection of the birds of attractive plumage, we must not forget those of the tropical jungles.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
With the gorgeous plumage of the tropical birds they could produce all the effect of a beautiful mosaic.
"The True Story Book"
These birds are beautiful in plumage, but, like most tropical birds, they have little song, and their calls are shrill and piercing.
"Children of Borneo" by Edwin Herbert Gomes
The variety of birds was a very marked feature of this tropical region.
"Due West" by Maturin Murray Ballou
TROPIC-BIRDS, white only when mature, ii.
"The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex" by Charles Darwin
Tropic Birds resemble the larger Terns, when in the air, but their wing strokes are more rapid.
"Color Key to North American Birds" by Frank M. Chapman
A tropical family of birds, many of which migrate to the temperate regions in summer.
"British Birds in their Haunts" by Rev. C. A. Johns
Their course now led them among beautiful islets, made gay by the rich plumage of tropical birds.
"Stanley's Adventures in the Wilds of Africa" by Joel Tyler Headley and William Fletcher Johnson
To one who has heard the constant and tremendous noises the birds of the tropical forest make the contrast is something wonderful.
"The Gold Diggings of Cape Horn" by John R. Spears
Another new and very rare bird of this singular genus, inhabiting, like all the other species, the tropical regions of America.
"Zoological Illustrations, Volume I" by William Swainson

In poetry:

High on a peak adrift with mist,
And round whose bases, far beneath
The snow-white wheeling tropic birds,
The emerald dragon breaks his teeth.
"A Seamark" by Bliss William Carman
And heark’ning, I was sure their little ones
Were in the bird-talk, and discourse was made
Concerning hot sea-bights and tropic suns,
For a clear sultriness the tune conveyed;—­
"Sand Martins" by Jean Ingelow
And gathering round this, as a high chief truth,
Came proud-will'd Titan dreams, and hopes that spring,
Like tropic birds, from out the heart of youth,
And those ethereal vatic souls who sing.
"David Gray" by Alexander Anderson
And beautiful maidens moved down in the dance,
With the magic of motion and sunshine of glance
And white arms wreathed lightly, and tresses fell free
As the plumage of birds in some tropical tree.
"The Cities Of The Plain" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Del Mar's one-of-a-kind bird sanctuary will be having its annual Tropical Sunset Fundraiser on Saturday, Oct 22.
IN EFFECT UNTIL OCT 14, 8:00 p.m. White bird-of-paradise plants give an area, either interior or exterior, a tropical look where there is enough room for them to grow.
The shiny blue berries of the tropical Pollia condensata plant rely on their looks, not nutritional content, to attract birds to spread their seeds.
For anyone curious to see the colorful birds that pass through Chicago on their way to the tropics, Wooded Island, a patch of woods and meadow along the lakefront just south of the Museum of Science and Industry, is a prime spot.
0Deep South Texas is famous for its tropical birds and the colorful red- crowned parrot tops that list.
In the early 1970s, Lostutter began traveling to Mexico, where he was drawn to tropical birds with vibrant feathers .
In the early 1960s, this neo-tropical species had been reduced to a remnant population of a scarce 25 birds.
One should not neglect to look overhead to observe birds such as gulls, terns and some exciting tropical visitors such as the magnificent frigate bird soaring overhead.
Samba rules the day and this tropical bird runs the roost all week on Sound Travels.
Sarasota Jungle Gardens features 10 acres of lush tropical vegetation, winding jungle trails and entertaining, educational bird and reptile shows throughout the day.
Three people face kidnapping charges after deputies say they were involved in a bizarre scheme to trade a tropical bird and cash for two children.
Why are tropical birds (think parrots and macaws) brightly colored.