Tyrannus tyrannus


Tyrannus tyrannus
Kingbird King"bird, n. (Zo["o]l.) 1. A small American bird ({Tyrannus tyrannus}, or {Tyrannus 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 bead 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. [1913 Webster]

2. The king tody. See under {King}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.