Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bird of the genus Seiurus, as S. nævius or S. motacilla, common in the United States, and belonging to the American warblers, or Mniotiltidæ. S. nævius is more fully called
New York water-thrush, and S. motacilla the large-billed or Louisiana water-thrush. The name may have originally contrasted with wood-thrush, but this bird belongs to a different family. The nearest relative of these water-thrushes is a woodland species of the same genus, S. auricapillus, the golden-crowned thrush (figured under oven-bird), from which the two species named above differ markedly in inhabiting watery tangles and brakes. Also called water-wagtail. See cut under Seiurus.
- n. Any bird of the family Pittidæ; an Old World ant-thrush. See cut under Pittidæ.
- n. The water-ouzel, Cinclus aquaticus.
- n. Same as water-wagtail, 1.
“The yellow-throat and the water-thrush and the vireos still sing the same tunes in the thicket.”
“Deep in some willowy tangle the water-thrush might sing.”
“Common enough in our woods are two birds that have many of the habits and manners of the lark -- the water-thrush and the golden-crowned thrush, or oven-bird.”
“He struck me as bearing a close resemblance to our hermit thrush, with something in his manners that suggested the water-thrush also.”
“By the creek in the woods you hear the first water-thrush -- a short, bright, ringing, hurried song.”
“In this song you instantly detect his relationship to the water-wagtail, -- erroneously called water-thrush, -- whose song is likewise a sudden burst, full and ringing, and with a tone of youthful joyousness in it, as if the bird had just had some unexpected good fortune.”
“sudden burst," which is like the song of our water-thrush.”
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