widow bird


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widow bird

n.
See whydah.

[From its black plumage.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.widow bird - mostly black African weaverbirdwidow bird - mostly black African weaverbird  
weaver finch, weaverbird, weaver - finch-like African and Asian colonial birds noted for their elaborately woven nests
genus Vidua, Vidua - whydahs
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