Definition of pilot bird in English:

pilot bird


  • A brown ground-dwelling Australian songbird, noted for its habit of accompanying superb lyrebirds to feed on disturbed insects.

    Pycnoptilus floccosus, family Acanthizidae

    • ‘A pun upon the name as Kia'i-wa'a, "Canoe-guide," gives the name Ki-wa'a to the pilot bird that leads a flock of its kind.’