from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of grassfinch; an American bird of the genus Spermophila or some related genus.


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  • Other flagship species include the bizarre long-wattled umbrella bird (Cephalopterus penduliger, VU) and the blue-black grassquit (Volatinia jacarina).

    Biological diversity in Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena

  • 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.

    Atacama desert

  • 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." BANANAQUIT.

  • 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.

    The Naturalist in Nicaragua

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