avi·​fau·​na ˌā-və-ˈfȯ-nə How to pronounce avifauna (audio)
: the birds or the kinds of birds of a region, period, or environment
ˌā-və-ˈfȯ-nᵊl How to pronounce avifauna (audio)

Examples of avifauna in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From the Tasmanian devil to the short-beaked echidna to the red kangaroo, Australia is home to an incredible array of native mammals—and this storied continent is no stranger to fascinating avifauna either. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2023 When preparing for The Great Backyard Bird Count, many watchers would typically put out bird baths and feeders to help encourage Pacific Northwest avifauna to visit. oregonlive, 17 Feb. 2023 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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Word History


New Latin, from Latin avis + New Latin fauna

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of avifauna was in 1857

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“Avifauna.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avifauna. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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