Buffalo bird

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Buffalo bird (Zoöl) an African bird of the genus Buphaga, of two species. These birds perch upon buffaloes and cattle, in search of parasites.
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Usage

In literature:

Sometimes the figure of a bird, supposed to represent the Thunder, was substituted for the buffalo.
"The Soul of the Indian" by [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman
On her withers sat about twenty buffalo-birds ('Textor erythrorhynchus', Smith), which act the part of guardian spirits to the animals.
"Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa" by David Livingstone
Most of the birds had been trained by way of Columbus and Buffalo.
"Animal Heroes" by Ernest Thompson Seton
Smoothly as a bird in flight, Bridger's trained buffalo horse closed the gap between him and a plunging bunch of the buffalo.
"The Covered Wagon" by Emerson Hough
The winter passed, the snow melted, the birds went north in spring, and the buffalo began to get poor.
"When Buffalo Ran" by George Bird Grinnell
Our hunters killed a buffaloe, an elk, a goat, and two beaver, and also a bird of the plover kind.
"History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, Vol. I." by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
The Manyuema call the buffalo bird "Mojela," and the Suaheli, "Chassa.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume II (of 2), 1869-1873" by David Livingstone
The birds are following the two men, as they would a wounded buffalo or stricken deer.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
It is a very singular bird, inasmuch as it has constituted itself the guardian of the buffalo.
"Black Ivory" by R.M. Ballantyne
It is curious to watch this bird flying towards the buffalo, which raises its head to receive it.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
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In news:

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Buffalo rookie free safety Jairus Bird is determined to make receivers beat him to the ball.
In our area, members of the Lake Erie and Roger Tory Peterson Bird Clubs count for the Buffalo Ornithological Society.
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds is coming to Buffalo.
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