Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bird which feeds on the sweets of flowers; one of the Nectariniidœ or Meliphagidœ; a honey-sucker.
- n. Same as honey-guide.
- n. A bee.
“As soon as the honey-bird descries the traveller, he immediately utters a series of wild, excited cries, hops about from twig to twig, and from branch to branch, then hops to another tree, incessantly repeating his chirruping call.”
“The honey-bird is very frequent in these forests of Ukonongo.”
“The tiny perpusilla started up like rabbits from me as I stole along through the underbrush; the honey-bird hopped from tree to tree chirping its call, as if it thought I was seeking the little sweet treasure, the hiding-place of which it only knew; but no! I neither desired perpusilla nor the honey.”
“Buffon has repeated what a traveller had related, namely, that the honey-bird is a little traitor who conducts men into ambuscades prepared by wild beasts.”
“When the honey-bird has shown one tree, if the hunters are satisfied with that, and refuse to follow him further, he leaves them; but I have never heard of an instance in which the bird misled any one in regard to finding honey.”
“If the distance is great (and sometimes the honey-bird will lead a person who is willing to follow a distance of ten miles); he will wait on a tree until the follower comes up, and will then continue his business of piloting.”
“What's gone?" asked Aunt Kate, and Uncle Henry added: "What's happened to you, honey-bird?”
“As we were lying under a tree, a honey-bird settled close to us.”
“At Krokodil River I had the privilege of seeing how a honey-bird takes a human being to a bees 'nest.”
“Come with me, my honey-bird!" cried a third, plucking at the girl's mantle.”
Looking for tweets for honey-bird.