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

Other Words from avifauna

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

Examples of avifauna in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to their eagle eyes, the staff at Manakin are equipped with an encyclopedic knowledge of bird calls and avian behavior, ensuring that no question will go unanswered for any curious birders that are unfamiliar with Amazonian avifauna. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 Not only moa dominated avifaunas, but giant geese and adzebills shared the forest floor, while a giant eagle ruled the skies. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avifauna. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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