regent bird

noun

: a showy Australian bowerbird (Sericulus chrysocephalus) that in the male has the head, neck, and large patches on the wings bright golden yellow and the rest of the plumage deep velvety black

Word History

Etymology

so called in honor of George, Prince of Wales (afterward George IV †1830 King of Great Britain and Ireland), regent during the period (1811–20) when his father George III was still alive but permanently deranged

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“Regent bird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/regent%20bird. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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