king·​bird | \ ˈkiŋ-ˌbərd How to pronounce kingbird (audio) \

Definition of kingbird

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

Examples of kingbird in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At Plum Island, a Western kingbird was present most of last week, along with a snowy egret and a pectoral sandpiper, and another cattle egret has been lingering in the vicinity of Rogers Street in West Newbury., 13 Nov. 2021 Two lingering piping plovers were seen at Crane Beach in Ipswich, a Western kingbird and a white-eyed vireo at Andrew’s Point in Rockport, a hooded warbler at Marblehead Neck Sanctuary in Marblehead, and a cackling goose in Middleton., 17 Oct. 2021 Rounding out the rare visitors from the west, a Western kingbird had been visiting a yard in Eastham., 20 Jan. 2021 Thrushes and meadowlarks and black-and-white kingbirds chatter and flit, and on hazy summer evenings, the hills soften to purple and gray. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, 16 Apr. 2020 Chickadees, bluebirds, titmice, even eastern kingbirds nested in those cozy homes. Sharon Sorenson, Indianapolis Star, 11 Apr. 2020 There was a Western kingbird at Lighthouse Cove near Eastern Point., 16 Dec. 2019 Sightings of the tropical kingbird continued at Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield., 30 June 2019 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, 6 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of kingbird

1778, in the meaning defined above

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“Kingbird.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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