tropic bird


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trop′ic bird`

or trop′ic•bird`,


n.
any of several web-footed seabirds of the family Phaethontidae, chiefly of tropical seas, having white plumage with black markings and a pair of greatly elongated central tail feathers.
[1675–85]
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Noun1.tropic bird - mostly white web-footed tropical seabird often found far from landtropic bird - mostly white web-footed tropical seabird often found far from land
pelecaniform seabird - large fish-eating seabird with four-toed webbed feet
genus Phaethon, Phaethon - type genus of the Phaethontidae
References in classic literature ?
First a bright patch of colour, like a tropic bird among the boughs; then a tripping figure, with a round hat on, and a small basket under her arm; then a deep- blushing, almost frightened, but bright-smiling girl, making her curtsy with a fluttered yet happy glance, as Arthur came up to her.
So you saw that map among tropic birds and shells and thought it was a map of Pacific Islands.
The island serves as home to birds of prey as well as sea and onshore birds, including sea hawk, black kite, Eurasian hobby, common kestrel, grey plover, little ringed plover, lesser crested tern, red billed tropic bird and grey heron, among others.