oilbird
Guacharo Gua*cha"ro, n. [Cf. Sp. gu['a]charo sickly, dropsical, guacharaca a sort of bird.] (Zo["o]l.) A nocturnal bird of South America and Trinidad ({Steatornis Caripensis}, or {S. steatornis}); -- called also {oilbird}. [1913 Webster]

Note: It resembles the goatsuckers and nighthawks, but feeds on fruits, and nests in caverns. A pure oil, used in place of butter, is extracted from the young by the natives. [1913 Webster]


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  • Oilbird — Conservation status Least Concern (IUCN 3.1) …   Wikipedia

  • oilbird — oil bird , n. (Zo[ o]l.) See {Guacharo}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oilbird — [oil′bʉrd΄] n. GUACHARO …   English World dictionary

  • oilbird — /oyl berrd /, n. guacharo. [1890 95; OIL + BIRD] * * * ▪ bird also called  Guácharo        (Steatornis caripensis), nocturnal bird of South America that lives in caves and feeds on fruit, mainly the nuts of oil palms. The oilbird is an aberrant… …   Universalium

  • oilbird — n. guacharo, large nocturnal bird that feeds on fruit and looks like a nightjar and lives in caves in Central and South America (the young of the oilbird have a layer of fat that yields an oil used instead of butter) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • oilbird — guacharai statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Steatornis angl. oilbird vok. Fettschwalm, m rus. гуахаро, m; жиряк, m pranc. guacharo, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – guachariniai siauresnis terminas – guacharas …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • oilbird — guacharas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Steatornis caripensis angl. oilbird vok. Fettschwalm, m rus. гуахаро, m; жиряк, m pranc. guacharo des cavernes, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – guacharai …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • oilbird — guachariniai statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Steatornithidae angl. oilbird vok. Fettschwalme rus. гуахаро; жиряки pranc. stéatornithidés ryšiai: platesnis terminas – guachariniai paukščiai siauresnis terminas – guacharai …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • oilbird — noun Date: circa 1890 a nocturnal bird (Steatornis caripensis) of northern South America and Trinidad that is related to the nightjars, feeds chiefly on the fatty fruits of various palms, and has fatty young from which an oil used especially in… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • oilbird — noun Steatornis caripensis, a nocturnal South American bird related to the nightjars that feeds on the fruit of the oil palm and tropical laurels …   Wiktionary

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