flying bird

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Noun1.flying bird - birds having keeled breastbones for attachment of flight musclesflying bird - birds having keeled breastbones for attachment of flight muscles
bird - warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
keel - the median ridge on the breastbone of birds that fly
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Levin looked about him to right and to left, and there, just facing him against the dusky blue sky above the confused mass of tender shoots of the aspens, he saw the flying bird. It was flying straight towards him; the guttural cry, like the even tearing of some strong stuff, sounded close to his ear; the long beak and neck of the bird could be seen, and at the very instant when Levin was taking aim, behind the bush where Oblonsky stood, there was a flash of red lightning: the bird dropped like an arrow, and darted upwards again.
Seeing that a few members of such water-breathing classes as the Crustacea and Mollusca are adapted to live on the land, and seeing that we have flying birds and mammals, flying insects of the most diversified types, and formerly had flying reptiles, it is conceivable that flying-fish, which now glide far through the air, slightly rising and turning by the aid of their fluttering fins, might have been modified into perfectly winged animals.
Little cowled figures they seemed at first, going with a rolling motion and as fast as flying birds.
A mysterious fleck on what appears to be a flying bird was said to have been captured in one of the photos taken by the NASA rover Curiosity. 
NNA - Beirut Airport Head, Engineer Fadi al-Hassan, denied in an interview with the National News Agency recent news that a German "Lufthansa" airliner suffered cracks in the pilot's glass due to collision with a flying bird while landing at Beirut Airport, which led to its inability to head back in a new flight 1307LH bound for Frankfurt in Germany.
ISLAMABAD -- A fossil found three decades ago in the US may have been the world's largest ever flying bird, say researchers.
WHEN Parliament had its little get-together last week to swear in new MPs, one-man LibDem awkward squad Bob Russell sported a loud waistcoat emblazoned with a large flying bird.
That's almost 6 times longer than the wingspan of a wandering albatross--the largest flying bird alive today.
The female Orb Weaver spins a web of fibers thin enough to be invisible to insect prey, yet tough enough to snare a flying bird without snapping.
The kori bustard (Ardeotis kori) is the largest flying bird native to Africa.