Meaning of kleptoparasite in English:


Pronunciation /ˌklɛptə(ʊ)ˈparəsʌɪt/


  • A bird, insect, or other animal which habitually robs animals of other species of food.

    ‘However, they are in competition with other kleptoparasites for opportunities to steal food.’
    • ‘Moreover, larger hunting parties are less likely to lose kills to kleptoparasites because they reduce carcass access time.’
    • ‘Collections were transported on ice to Flinders University, where census data were obtained from intact galls without kleptoparasites.’
    • ‘We captured and marked three gulls in 1995; two others were identifiable by unique markings in both years, so in some instances we knew the identity of the kleptoparasite.’


1950s from Greek kleptēs ‘thief’ + parasite.