Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of grassfinch; an American bird of the genus Spermophila or some related genus. The grassquits are mostly inhabitants of Central and South America and the West Indies. Morelet's grassquit is Spermophila moreleti, occurring in Texas and Mexico. It is very small, only 4 inches long, the male black and white in bold pattern, the female olive-brown and buff. Also called
pygmy finchand little seed-cater. The black-faced grassquit is Phonipara zena of Florida and the West Indies. There are many others. Also called grassfinch.
“Other flagship species include the bizarre long-wattled umbrella bird (Cephalopterus penduliger, VU) and the blue-black grassquit (Volatinia jacarina).”
“Several birds, such as the Peruvian song-sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis) and the Pacific blue-black grassquit (Volatinia jacarina) visit the lomas at the beginning of the winter when many insect pupae hatch.”
“The latter entry says "in combination used in names of various small songbirds found in the Caribbean area, e.g. bananaquit, grassquit" and adds that the word is "probably imitative.”
“Thus, according to Gosse, the grassquit of Jamaica (Spermophila olivacea) often selects a shrub on which wasps have built, and fixes the entrance to its domed nest close to their cells.”
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birds with singular names from
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You know who you are, freakish compounds. Though very useful, some of these words just don't seem right together--or, their meanings are so far from what the two (or more) component words suggest t...
A work in progress....Birds from around the world (other than endemic to North America).
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