Definition of pheasant-tailed in English:

pheasant-tailed

adjective

  • 1Australian designating a long-tailed cuckoo-dove of the east coast of Australia, Macropygia amboinensis, which is brown with paler underparts.

  • 2Designating a long-tailed jacana of South-East Asia, Hydrophasianus chirurgus.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Gould (1804–1881), ornithologist and publisher.