from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having some or all of the tail quills terminated in a long, slender, pointed shaft, without a web or barbules.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having wiry or wireshafted tail-feathers, as the thread-tailed swallow, Uromitus filiferus. See cuts under thread-tailed, Trochilidæ, Videstrelda, and Vidua.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
They derive the name "wire-tailed" from the fact that the thin shafts of the outer pair of tail feathers are prolonged five inches beyond the others and look like wires.
The nesting season of wire-tailed swallows is a long one.
There is no doubt that some wire-tailed swallows bring up two broods.
Many of the wire-tailed swallows, minivets and white-browed fantail flycatchers bring up a second brood during the rains.
The wire-tailed swallows and minivets are busy with their second broods.
The tailor-birds, the ashy and the Indian wren-warblers, the brahminy mynas, the wire-tailed swallows, the amadavats, the sirkeer cuckoos, the pea-fowl, the water-hens, the common and the pied mynas, the cuckoo-shrikes and the orioles are all fully occupied with nursery duties.
Sparrows and doves are so employed, as are the wire-tailed swallows (_Hirundo smithii_).
The deer were missed; but a couple of bush turkey were soon after secured, and followed by the successful stalk of a wire-tailed bird of
Tonight, after the usual recounting of the day's small adventures "We caught two wire-tailed manakins in the nets today!"
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.