a.1.(Zool.) Having the outer tail feathers longer than the median ones; swallow-tailed; - said of many birds.
Fork-tailed flycatcher
(Zool.) a tropical American flycatcher (Milvulus tyrannus).
Fork-tailed gull
(Zool.) a gull of the genus Xema, of two species, esp. X. Sabinii of the Arctic Ocean.
Fork-tailed kite
(Zool.) a graceful American kite (Elanoides forficatus); - called also swallow-tailed kite.
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When food gets scarce, African birds called fork-tailed drongos (Dicrurus adsimiiis) watch for a meerkat or other forager to find desirable prey.
The distinctive, fork-tailed bird of prey was discovered by a couple in their garden at Aberarth, said the RSPCA.
There's a fork-tailed fly catcher up near Cockroach Bay right now.
This was the case of a fork-tailed flycatcher he spotted recently.
Centuries of relentless persecution had driven the bird, known by its vernacular name as the fork-tailed puttock, to the very brink of extinction.
Overhead will be red kites, the wide-winged, fork-tailed bird of prey once shot to extinction in England.
Other seabirds breeding there include Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Brandt's Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Rhinoceros Auklet, Cassin's Auklet, Pigeon Guillemot Western Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull and Black Oystercatcher.
The Big Year is a well-told, informative and suspenseful account of high- octane birding that even those (like this reviewer) who don't know a finch from a fork-tailed flycatcher can enjoy.
I've got friends whose 'pond' is a wooden half barrel," says Biggs, "and fork-tailed damselflies still come and breed in it.
Another distinctive group is the completely black and fork-tailed frigatebirds (Fregata), the males of which have a scarlet throat pouch not unlike that of a pelican.