avi·​fau·​na | \ ˌā-və-ˈfȯ-nə How to pronounce avifauna (audio) , ˌa-, -ˈfä-nə \

Definition of avifauna

: the birds or the kinds of birds of a region, period, or environment

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avifaunal \ ˌā-​və-​ˈfȯ-​nᵊl How to pronounce avifaunal (audio) , ˌa-​ , -​ˈfä-​ \ adjective

Examples of avifauna in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not only moa dominated avifaunas, but giant geese and adzebills shared the forest floor, while a giant eagle ruled the skies. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Fossil find reveals that the world's largest parrot was over 3 feet tall," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of avifauna

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for avifauna

New Latin, from Latin avis + New Latin fauna

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“Avifauna.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avifauna. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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