rainbird

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Etymology[edit]

rain +‎ bird, from the sound of their call, a beautiful liquid gurgle rising and falling like water pouring from a bottle.

Noun[edit]

rainbird (plural rainbirds)

  1. (South Africa) Any of the coucal species Centropus supercilliosus, Centropus cupreicadus, Centropus senegalensis.

Usage notes[edit]

The common name is used throughout the birds' ranges which extend through Africa.