• WordNet 3.6
    • n kingbird large American flycatcher
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Additional illustrations & photos:

kingbird on an oak branch kingbird on an oak branch

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Kingbird A small American bird (Tyrannus tyrannus, or Tyrannus Carolinensis), noted for its courage in attacking larger birds, even hawks and eagles, especially when they approach its nest in the breeding season. It is a typical tyrant flycatcher, taking various insects upon the wing. It is dark ash above, and blackish on the bead and tail. The quills and wing coverts are whitish at the edges. It is white beneath, with a white terminal band on the tail. The feathers on the head of the adults show a bright orange basal spot when erected. Called also bee bird, and bee martin. Several Southern and Western species of Tyrannus are also called king birds.
    • Kingbird The king tody. See under King.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kingbird A tyrant flycatcher, Tyrannus carolinensis, abundant in the United States (also called bee-martin), or some other species of the same genus, as the gray kingbird, Tyrannus dominicensis.
    • n kingbird Any bird of the family Tyrannidæ; any tyrant flycatcher.
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In literature:

Many birds came about, mocking-birds, crows, kingbirds, orchard orioles, and others.
"In Nesting Time" by Olive Thorne Miller
The calmness and dignity of this hawk, when attacked by crows or the kingbird, are well worthy of him.
"Bird Stories from Burroughs" by John Burroughs
In this respect their habits are much like those of their cousin, the kingbird.
"Our Bird Comrades" by Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
The kingbird builds an untidy nest in an apple tree.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
Then two kingbirds happened to alight in the apple-tree.
"The Foot-path Way" by Bradford Torrey
Like the common Kingbird, it has a concealed orange patch on the crown.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
I have seen the kingbird carry off raspberries.
"Ways of Nature" by John Burroughs
Two more kingbirds coming to the relief of the fleeing eagle.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
A startled kingbird flashed past her, coming from a tree by the cut.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
On the date that I miss them and the kingbirds September first is very near if not among those present.
"Old Plymouth Trails" by Winthrop Packard

In news:

Pull off Highway 101 west of Santa Barbara to watch Black-chinned Hummingbird, Virginia Rail, bitterns, sapsuckers, and breeding Western Kingbird, Black Phoebe, Spotted Towhee, and White-tailed Kite.
Stewart Elwood Kingbird, 61, of Bemidji, died Aug 19, 2012.
Stewart Elwood Kingbird , 61, of Bemidji, died Aug 19, 2012.
The Western Kingbird was first seen as a single fly-over at Westchester Lagoon on Monday by Gavin Bieber who leads bird tours for WINGS--a worldwide birding tour company based in Tucson.
Migratory songbirds like bobolinks, barn swallows and Eastern kingbirds are suffering mysterious population declines, and pesticides may well be to blame.
It turned out two other vehicles were targeted in the area of 8500 Kingbird Loop.
Tyrannus Tyrannus aka Eastern Kingbird.
See specialties like Gray Kingbird and Caribbean Short-eared Owl and trans-Gulf migrants at Florida's southernmost state park.
In Duluth, US District Court Chief Judge Michael J Davis sentenced Byron Keith Kingbird, Jr, to three years in prison for sexual abuse of a minor.