crocodile bird


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Related to crocodile bird: Egyptian Plover

crocodile bird


[From the unsubstantiated traditional belief that crocodiles allow the bird to fly into their open jaws unharmed so that it can clean their teeth or remove leeches.]

crocodile bird

n
(Animals) an African courser, Pluvianus aegyptius, that lives close to rivers and is thought to feed on insects parasitic on crocodiles

croc′odile bird`


n.
a short-legged African courser, Pluvianus aegyptius, inhabiting sandy riverbanks and lake shores.
[1865–70]
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Noun1.crocodile bird - African courser that feeds on insect parasites on crocodiles
courser - swift-footed terrestrial plover-like bird of southern Asia and Africa; related to the pratincoles