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1. Any of various tropical American birds of the family Cotingidae, having a characteristic bell-like call.
2. Any of various birds of Australia and New Zealand that also have a bell-like call.
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1. (Animals) any of several tropical American passerine birds of the genus Procnias having a bell-like call: family Cotingidae (cotingas)
2. (Animals) either of two other birds with a bell-like call: an Australian flycatcher, Oreoica gutturalis (crested bellbird), or a New Zealand honeyeater, Anthornis melanura
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any of several birds with vocalizations suggestive of a bell, esp. cotingas of the genus Procnias and a New Zealand honeyeater, Anthornis melanura.
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Noun1.bellbird - any of several tropical American birds of the genus Procnias having a bell-like callbellbird - any of several tropical American birds of the genus Procnias having a bell-like call
cotinga, chatterer - passerine bird of New World tropics
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