Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several species of swifts of Acanthylis, Chaetura, and allied genera, in which the shafts of the tail feathers terminate in rigid spines.
  • n. Any of several species of South American and Central American clamatorial birds belonging to Synallaxis and allied genera of the family Dendrocolaptidae, allied to the ovenbirds.
  • n. The ruddy duck.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one or several species of swifts of the genus Acanthylis, or Chætura, and allied genera, in which the shafts of the tail feathers terminate in rigid spines.
  • n. Any one of several species of South American and Central American clamatorial birds belonging to Synallaxis and allied genera of the family Dendrocolaptidæ. They are allied to the ovenbirds.
  • n. The ruddy duck.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ornithology:
  • n. A passerine bird of the family Dendrocolaptidæ, having stiff and more or less acuminate tail-feathers, much like a woodpecker's; a spine-tailed or sclerurine bird. See cuts under saberbill and Sclerurus.
  • n. A cypseline bird of the subfamily Chæturinæ; a spine-tailed or chæturine swift, having mucronate shafts of the tail-feathers. See Acanthyllis, and cut under mucronate.
  • n. The ruddy duck, Erismatura rubida.
  • n. The log-runner, a bird of the genus Orthonyx. See log-runner.

Etymologies

spine +‎ tail (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • These include the Coiba spinetail Cranioleuca dissita and 20 endemic subspecies.

    Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection, Panama

  • Such is Colombia's birding richness that even a stop at a roadside restaurant near the park yielded a treasure: a glimpse of the rare silvery-throated spinetail.

    With Rebels on the Run, Colombia

  • In addition, the resident species that live in these tropical savannas have very high diversity with many endemic species, such as the scaled spinetail.

    Gurupa varzea

  • Also found here are the plain-winged antwren (Myrmotherula behni), dusky spinetail (Synallaxis moesta), lemon-throated barbet (Eubucco richardsoni), and zone-tailed hawk (Buteo albonotatus).

    Caqueta moist forests

  • The rest of the endemic birds are under the status "least concern"; they include the pygmy swift (Tachornis furcata), buffy hummingbird (Leucippus fallax), chesnut piculet (Picumnus cinnamomeus), white-whiskered spinetail (Synallaxis candei), black-backed antshrike (Sakesphorus melanonotus), slender-billd tyrannulet (Inezia tenuirostris), tocuyo sparrow (Arremonops tocuyensis), and vermilion cardinal (Cardinalis phoeniceus).

    Lara-Falcón dry forests

  • The following endemic birds are under the status "least concern": the pygmy swift (Tachornis furcata), buffy hummingbird (Leucippus fallax), chesnut piculet (Picumnus cinnamomeus), white-whiskered spinetail (Synallaxis candei), black-backed antshrike (Sakesphorus melanonotus), slender-billd tyrannulet (Inezia tenuirostris), tocuyo sparrow (Arremonops tocuyensis), and vermilion cardinal (Cardinalis phoeniceus).

    Maracaibo dry forests

  • The endemic birds listed below have "least concern"; status; they include the pygmy swift (Tachornis furcata), buffy hummingbird (Leucippus fallax), chesnut piculet (Picumnus cinnamomeus), white-whiskered spinetail (Synallaxis candei), black-backed antshrike (Sakesphorus melanonotus), slender-billed tyrannulet (Inezia tenuirostris), tocuyo sparrow (Arremonops tocuyensis), and vermilion cardinal (Cardinalis phoeniceus).

    Guajira-Barranquilla xeric scrub

  • They include the pygmy swift (Tachornis furcata), buffy hummingbird (Leucippus fallax), chesnut piculet (Picumnus cinnamomeus), white-whiskered spinetail (Synallaxis candei), black-backed antshrike (Sakesphorus melanonotus), slender-billd tyrannulet (Inezia tenuirostris), tocuyo sparrow (Arremonops tocuyensis), and vermilion cardinal (Cardinalis phoeniceus).

    La Costa xeric shrublands

  • Besides the narrow endemics listed above, characteristic birds of the escarpment forests and woodlands include red-crested turaco (Tauraco erythrolophus), red-backed mousebird (Colius castanotus) (both endemic to Angola), mottled spinetail (Telacanthura ussheri), batlike spinetail (Neafrapus boehmi), naked-faced barbet (Gymnobucco calvus), red-tailed palm thrush (Cichladusa ruficauda), and yellow-bellied wattle-eye (Dyaphorophyia concreta).

    Angolan scarp savanna and woodlands

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