corvid

noun
cor·​vid | \ ˈkȯr-vəd How to pronounce corvid (audio) \

Definition of corvid

: any of a family (Corvidae) of stout-billed passerine birds including the crows, jays, magpies, and the raven

Examples of corvid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Contrary to popular belief, a corvid does not have to have its tongue split to be able to mimic like this. Leah Asmelash And Brian Ries, CNN, "Is it a bird or a bunny? This optical illusion of an animal is confusing the internet," 21 Aug. 2019 Because crows and scrub-jays are in the same family — corvid — whatever scares the crows will also likely scare the scrub-jays. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Attempt to scare away crows ends up pranking a hawk," 19 June 2019 The organization acquires and distributes several bird species — excluding eagles — including hawks, falcons, condors, vultures, corvids, songbirds and water birds. Elizabeth Montgomery, azcentral, "USA TODAY NETWORK awards grants to seven Valley groups as part of giving-back initiative," 11 June 2019 At least 10 of the corvids were found dead in the incident, but Bob Sallinger, conservation director of the Portland Audubon Society, said at the time there were likely more deaths than were recorded. oregonlive.com, "Portland bans use of bird poison on city property after crow deaths," 5 June 2019 And then there’s the ravenmaster, Christopher Skaife, charged with caring for the seven corvids that reside at the Tower of London, the 11th-century walled fortress that today is one of Britain’s most popular tourist sites. William Booth, The Seattle Times, "The secrets of the royal ravenmaster at the Tower of London," 26 Oct. 2018 Penguin cognition is not quite as well documented as that of parrots or corvids (crows, ravens, and magpies, for example), which have been formally studied for years, says Anne Tieber, Curator of Birds at the St. Louis Zoo. National Geographic, "How penguins show their smarts," 25 Apr. 2019 Because crows and scrub-jays are in the same family — corvid — whatever scares the crows will also likely scare the scrub-jays. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Attempt to scare away crows ends up pranking a hawk," 19 June 2019 The organization acquires and distributes several bird species — excluding eagles — including hawks, falcons, condors, vultures, corvids, songbirds and water birds. Elizabeth Montgomery, azcentral, "USA TODAY NETWORK awards grants to seven Valley groups as part of giving-back initiative," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of corvid

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for corvid

from stem of New Latin Corvidae, from Corvus, a genus (going back to Latin corvus "raven") + -idae -idae — more at cornice

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The first known use of corvid was circa 1909

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“Corvid.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corvid. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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