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  • n. Alternative spelling of night bird.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The Manx shearwater (Puffinus Anglorum).
  • n. A person who likes to be active late at night; a night owl.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bird that flies by night; especially, an owl; in the following quotation, the night-heron.
  • n. A bird that sings by night; specifically, the nightingale.
  • n. The Manx shearwater, Puffinus anglorum.
  • n. The gallinule of Europe, Gallinula chloropus.
  • n. One who stays out late at night, or works chiefly by night.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any bird associated with night: owl; nightingale; nighthawk; etc
  • n. a person who likes to be active late at night


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  • More recently, Mayr et al. (2003) found Leptosomus to group with frogmouths in the 'nightbird' + apodiform clade, Ericson et al. (2006) found Leptosomus to be outside of a land bird clade that includes owls, mousebirds, 'core coraciiforms', trogons and piciforms (woodpeckers and kin), and Hackett et al. (2008) found Leptosomus to be close to (but outside of) a clade that includes trogons, piciforms and 'core coraciiforms'.

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  • The only sounds here were the stirrings of plants, the occasional skreek of a nightbird, and the soft thudding steps of the horses.

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  • Faint music came from another house beyond the trees; a carriage clopped past the distant gates; overhead a nightbird moaned dolefully; I could hear my own knees creaking as I crouched there, scratching the newly-healed bullet-wound in my backside and wondering what the deuce was wrong.


  • I have one book to recommend and i think you'd appreciate it: Speaks the nightbird by Robert Mccammon

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  • You know, I think a person who blogs either has to be working long hours at a computer all day (and thus needs to take a break without * looking* like they're slacking off, like all those smokers huddled wherever it is they get banished to these days); or, you have to be a nightbird.

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  • The air is quiet and perfectly still, and he hears the song of a nightbird somewhere distant.


  • The fireball had been close-followed by some stub-winged whooshing nightbird or hog-faced bat, flicking low to Inman's head, causing him to duck and walk stooped for three full strides.

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  • Granted, he wouldn't have stayed a great snoring lump for long if there'd been trouble, but that was no comfort when you were straining your ears trying to tell if that was a nightbird, a bug, or a maneating whatever out there.

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  • A lone nightbird wheeled above, the moonlight silver on its extended wings.

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  • These include "The light goes on and off and the nightbird calls" and "Come close to the stars, celestial balls" (thanks to Dave Ellis for this).

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