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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Kingbird  \King"bird\  (-b[~e]rd),  n.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  1.  A  small  American  bird  ({Tyrannus  tyrannus},  or  {T. 
  Carolinensis}),  noted  for  its  courage  in  attacking  larger 
  birds,  even  hawks  and  eagles,  especially  when  they 
  approach  its  nest  in  the  breeding  season.  It  is  a  typical 
  tyrant  flycatcher,  taking  various  insects  upon  the  wing. 
  It  is  dark  ash  above,  and  blackish  on  the  head  and  tail. 
  The  quills  and  wing  coverts  are  whitish  at  the  edges.  It 
  is  white  beneath,  with  a  white  terminal  band  on  the  tail. 
  The  feathers  on  the  head  of  the  adults  show  a  bright 
  orange  basal  spot  when  erected.  Called  also  {bee  bird}, 
  and  {bee  martin}.  Several  Southern  and  Western  species  of 
  {Tyrannus}  are  also  called  king  birds. 
 
  2.  The  king  tody.  See  under  {King}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  kingbird 
  n  :  large  American  flycatcher  [syn:  {Tyrannus  tyrannus}] 




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