kingbird

noun
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 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, "Willow Creek: An Obscure Stream Shapes Life, Death, and Landscape," 16 Apr. 2020 Chickadees, bluebirds, titmice, even eastern kingbirds nested in those cozy homes. Sharon Sorenson, Indianapolis Star, "For the Birds: Leaving Chickadee snag alone can help bird populations," 11 Apr. 2020 There was a Western kingbird at Lighthouse Cove near Eastern Point. BostonGlobe.com, "Among reports was a painted bunting at the Cold Brook Preserve in Harwich.," 16 Dec. 2019 Sightings of the tropical kingbird continued at Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings across the region," 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, "Chasing rarities can be fun, but enjoy the common species, too," 6 June 2018 Sightings of the tropical kingbird continued at Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings across the region," 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, "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, chicagotribune.com, "Birders fear loss of habitat to Obama Center, Jackson Park golf course development," 5 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of kingbird

1778, in the meaning defined above

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“Kingbird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kingbird. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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