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A genus comprising the two bald crows or rockfowl of West Africa (family Picathartidae), having brightly coloured bare heads, crow-like beaks, and long necks and tails; (also picathartes) a bird of this genus, a bald crow.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Penny Cyclopaedia. From scientific Latin Picathartes, genus name, blend of Pica, genus name of the magpie and Cathartes, genus name of some New World vultures.
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