king·​bird | \ ˈkiŋ-ˌbərd \

Definition of kingbird

: any of various American tyrant flycatchers (genus Tyrannus) that are gray above and white, gray, or yellow below

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Out on the course, a pair of Eastern kingbirds pugnaciously defended territory against all comers, all the while giving their characteristic tinkling scold. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Chasing rarities can be fun, but enjoy the common species, too," 6 June 2018 Eastern kingbirds, cedar waxwings, black-capped chickadees and warblers flitted from limb to limb. Manya Brachear Pashman,, "Birders fear loss of habitat to Obama Center, Jackson Park golf course development," 5 Aug. 2017 Starlyn Howard, a wildlife rehabilitator at the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach, was called out to rescue a young kingbird. Jennifer J. Meyer, Orange County Register, "Go natural when helping nesting birds," 4 Apr. 2017 A pair of Eastern kingbirds danced over the green trying to corral some large ground bees. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "18 holes of golf yield 18 observations of birds," 9 June 2017 Populations are increasing for species whose preferred habitats are in sync with the changing conditions, such as Cassin's kingbird, a southwestern native now expanding its range as Colorado and Wyoming warm up. National Geographic, "Summer in March? Warming Climate Alters Europe's Seasons," 4 Apr. 2016

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1778, in the meaning defined above

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