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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So next time you are out and about in the country and see a large bird circling overhead, don't just assume it's a buzzard, have a really good look - it may just be a fork-tailed puttock.
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 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.
When food gets scarce, African birds called fork-tailed drongos (Dicrurus adsimiiis) watch for a meerkat or other forager to find desirable prey.
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More recently, Fork-tailed Palm-Swifts have spread into some human habitats where palms suitable for nesting and roosting have been planted (Collins and Thomas 2012, Lunardi et al.
My weeks-long itch to get out after those golden, fork-tailed beauties only got stronger as I pulled off the freeway.
The success of the conservation programme, started in 1989, is such that conservationists are now finding it hard to keep track of all the distinctive fork-tailed birds.