from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A South American fissirostral barbet of the genus Chelidoptera. See cut under Chelidoptera.


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  • Chelidoptera tenebrosa, a species of bird in the Bucconidae family, the puffbirds. The only species in the genus Chelidoptera, it is native to Brazil and the entire Amazon Basin, as well as Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, the Guianas, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Peru, and Venezuela.

    February 8, 2008