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P. paradiseus


a velvety black Australian bird of paradise with green and purple iridescence on head and tail


animal noun (animals and microorganisms)


P. paradisea

Original source:

Princeton WordNet


Ptiloris paradiseus [species] | paradise riflebird | riflebird | P. paradisea [abbreviation, nonstandard, species] | Ptloris paradisea [nonstandard, species]

Definition references  (+images)


Paradise Riflebird | Ptiloris paradiseus [species]

a medium-sized, up to 30 cm long, passerine bird of the Paradisaeidae family. The male is black with an iridescent greenish blue crown, throat and central tail feathers. It has a black curved bill, black feet, dark brown iris and yellow mouth. The... (43 of 492 words, 1 image)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

riflebird [bird]

any of certain bird-of-paradise species. (5 of 6 words, 1 image)


Collins Dictionary:


any of various birds of paradise of the genera "Ptiloris" and "Craspedophora", such as "C. magnifica" (magnificent riflebird) (18 of 207 words, pronunciation)


Random House Dictionary:

rifle bird | riflebird

any of several birds of paradise of Australia, having a long bill, dark plumage, and elaborate courtship displays. (18 of 21 words)


American Heritage Dictionary:


Any of several birds of paradise of the genera "Craspedophora" and "Ptiloris" of Australia and New Guinea. (17 of 20 words, pronunciation)



riflebird | Ptiloris [genus]

any of several birds of paradise (genus Ptiloris) (8 of 19 words, pronunciation)



riflebird | riflebirds [plural] | Ptiloris [genus]

Any of four species of birds of paradise in the genus Ptiloris. (12 of 13 words)


New World Dictionary:

bird of paradise

any of a family (Paradisaeidae) of brightly colored passerine birds found in and near New Guinea | any of several tropical plants (genus Strelitzia) ... (23 of 52 words, 2 definitions, 1 image)


Columbia Encyclopedia:

bird of paradise

common name for any of 43 species of medium- to crow-sized passerine birds of New Guinea and the adjacent islands, known for the bright plumage, ... (25 of 230 words)


Oxford Dictionary:

bird of paradise | birds of paradise [sense-specific, plural] | bird of paradise flower

a tropical Australasian bird, the male of which is noted for the beauty and ... | a southern African plant related to the banana, which bears a showy ... (27 of 109 words, 2 definitions)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

bird of paradise [countable] | birds of paradise [plural]

a brightly coloured bird that lives mainly in New Guinea | a plant with brightly coloured flowers that look similar to birds flying (22 of 55 words, 2 definitions)


Cambridge Dictionary:

bird of paradise

a bird found in New Guinea, of which the male has brightly coloured feathers (14 of 20 words)


Encarta Dictionary:

riflebird | riflebirds [plural] | Ptiloris [genus]

a bird of paradise, the male of which performs an elaborate courtship dance. Native to: Australia, New Guinea. Genus Ptiloris. (20 of 40 words, pronunciation)

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