from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A name for certain species of Australian pigeons, chiefly of the genus Phaps, distinguished by the bronze color of their plumage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Zoöl.) An Australian pigeon of the genus Phaps, of several species; -- so called from its bronze plumage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun Any of several
speciesof birdin the genera Henicophapsand Phapsin the pigeonfamily, found in Australasia.
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I go to sleep watched over by two huge green bronzewing pigeons from Australia, glassy eyed and awake for more than a hundred years under a beautiful Victorian dome.
The flock bronzewing, a large ground-foraging pigeon, formerly occurred in flocks of hundreds of thousands, dispersing widely across the Mitchell Grass Downs in response to rainfall variation.
One of the most distinctive features of the Mitchell Grass Downs are the extraordinary irruptions of its two most characteristic and pivotal animal species, the flock bronzewing (Phaps histrionica) and the long-haired rat (Rattus vilosissimus).
As a bronzewing drinks just after dark, or just before daylight, this was pretty good evidence that water existed in the direction in which the creek ran -- and probably an open pool would be found.
The tufted birds come to water just after daylight and just before sundown, and so are more easily shot than the bronzewing.
Of these we shot over fifty, and, as well, a few of the larger bronzewing pigeons.
Curious to know what she was hiding (yes, my investigative prowess figured out she was trying to throw me off the path) I peeled back some of the foliage to find these two delightful, yet very hot, bronzewing pigeon chicks nestled in close to the trunk.