Definition of monkey-bird in English:

monkey-bird

noun

  • A bird likened to a monkey in some way, especially in respect of its call; (formerly) (South African) the red-billed or green wood-hoopoe, Phoeniculus purpureus (also called kakelaar).

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Schomburgk (1804–1865), surveyor and traveller. From monkey + bird.

Pronunciation

monkey-bird

/ˈmʌŋkɪˌbəːd/