riflebird


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ri·fle·bird

 (rī′fəl-bûrd′)
n.
Any of several birds of paradise of the genus Ptiloris of Australia and New Guinea, characteristically having black and green plumage.

[After the very dark green uniforms with black facings and the black shako with a green plume worn by the British Rifle Brigade.]
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riflebird

(ˈraɪfəlˌbɜːd)
n
(Animals) any of various birds of paradise of the genera Ptiloris and Craspedophora, such as C. magnifica (magnificent riflebird)
[from its call, compared to a whistling bullet]
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Noun1.riflebird - velvety black Australian bird of paradise with green and purple iridescence on head and tailriflebird - velvety black Australian bird of paradise with green and purple iridescence on head and tail
bird of paradise - any of numerous brilliantly colored plumed birds of the New Guinea area
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First, a sneep of the crimson rosella parrot, then the prink chee chee of the tiny yellow robin, followed by a high pink of a green catbird, before the harsh braaaa of the paradise riflebird. Next, a phrase of descending whistles and scratches from the satin bowerbird, that famous species who so loves blue: ba bo de poo waaaaaawh tepu traaaawhh aaaamhh.
First, a sneep of the crimson rosella parrot, then the plink chee chee chee chee of the tiny yellow robin, then a high pink of a green catbird, then the harsh braaaa of the paradise riflebird. Next, a phrase of descending whistles and scratches from the satin bowerbird, that famous species who so loves blue.
I became obsessed by the Paradise Riflebird, Ptiloris magnificus.
After spending two "desultory'' years at the University of Colorado, he moved to Portland, Ore., where he washed dishes, drove a cab and played bass in a number of rock bands including The Riflebirds, a well-known New Wave period group.
Phylogeny and biogeography of the Ptiloris riflebirds (Ayes: Paradisaeidae).