Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A tyrant-flycatcher.

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Examples

  • Of a tyrant-bird (_Pitangus Bolivianus_) Hudson writes

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  • That is to say, the ballad or tale of the _Bien-te-veo_ -- a species of tyrant-bird quite common in the country, with a brown back and sulphur-yellow under parts, a crest on its head, and face barred with black and white.

    Far Away and Long Ago

  • The performance of the scissors-tail, another tyrant-bird, is also remarkable.

    The Naturalist in La Plata

  • They say that when the _tzapatan_ begins to sing, all the birds in the forest repair to it, each one carrying a stick to add to the structure; only one, a tyrant-bird, brings two sticks, one for itself and one for the

    The Naturalist in La Plata

  • Nevertheless, it is well known that where the two species inhabit the same district they are at enmity, the puma being the persistent persecutor of the jaguar, following and harassing it as a tyrant-bird harasses an eagle or hawk, moving about it with such rapidity as to confuse it, and, when an opportunity occurs, springing upon its back and inflicting terrible wounds with teeth and claws.

    The Naturalist in La Plata

  • The scissor-tail is one of the most courageous of that hawk-hating, violent-tempered tyrant-bird family, and every time a _chimango_ appeared, which was about forty times a day, he would sally out to attack him in mid-air with amazing fury.

    Far Away and Long Ago

  • In summer I was never tired of watching this tree, since high up in one of the branches, which in those days seemed to me "so close against the sky," a scissor-tail tyrant-bird always had its nest, and this high open exposed nest was a constant attraction to the common brown carrion-hawk, called

    Far Away and Long Ago

  • The believer in the theory would put all these cases lightly aside, to cite that of the male cow-bird practising antics before the female and drawing a wide circle of melody round her; or that of the jet-black, automaton-like, dancing tyrant-bird; and concerning this species he would probably say that the plain-plumaged female went about unseen, critically watching the dancing of different males, to discover the most excellent performer according to the traditional standard.

    The Naturalist in La Plata

  • The most striking of the newcomers was the small scarlet tyrant-bird, which is about the size of our spotted flycatcher; all a shining scarlet except the black wings and tail.

    Far Away and Long Ago

  • The sulphur tyrant-bird picks up the young snake by the tail, and, flying to a branch or stone, uses it like a flail till its life is battered out.

    The Naturalist in La Plata

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