Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The classical name of some yellow bird of Europe, supposed to be the golden oriole, and the technical specific name of this oriole, Oriolus galbula. The name was also applied by Mohring in 1752 to a South American jacamar, and by Linnæus in 1758 to the Baltimore oriole, Icterus galbula. See cut under oriole.
- n. [capitalized] A genus of jacamars, established by Brisson in 1760, typical of the family Galbulidæ. There are nine South American species, of which G. viridis is a characteristic example. See cut under jacamar.
“(_Oriolus galbula_), whooper-swan (_Cygnus musicus_), snow-bunting”
“Like our familiar Lord Baltimore, he bravely bears black and orange; but in _bullocki_ the latter color invades the sides of the neck, head, and forehead, leaving only a small black bow for the throat and a narrow black stripe running back over the crown and down the back of the neck; whereas in _Icterus galbula_ the entire head and neck are black.”
“(_O. galbula_) that little or no description is necessary.”
“The paradise jacamar (galbula paradisea) frequents the more open parts of the forest, and is generally found in pairs.”
“The green jacamar (galbula viridis) is a beautiful bird, about the size of a lark; the upper parts of the body being generally of an exceedingly brilliant, changeable green, glossed with copper-gold.”
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