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  • n. Plural form of honeysucker.


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  • For example, among the commonest birds in Lombock were white cockatoos and three species of Meliphagidae or honeysuckers, belonging to family groups which are entirely absent from the western or Indo – Malayan region of the Archipelago.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • In Bali we have barbets, fruit-thrushes, and woodpeckers; on passing over to Lombock these are seen no more, but we have abundance of cockatoos, honeysuckers, and brush-turkeys, which are equally unknown in Bali, or any island further west.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • It has no woodpeckers and no pheasants — families which exist in every other part of the world; but instead of them it has the mound-making brush-turkeys, the honeysuckers, the cockatoos, and the brush-tongued lories, which are found nowhere else upon the globe.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • Handsome woodpeckers and gay kingfishers, green and brown cuckoos with velvety red faces and green beaks, red-breasted doves and metallic honeysuckers, were brought in day after day, and kept me in a continual state of pleasurable excitement.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • Islands these are absolutely unknown, honeysuckers and small lories being the most common birds, so that the naturalist feels himself in a new world, and can hardly realize that he has passed from the one region to the other in a few days, without ever being out of sight of land.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • (Prionochilus aureolimbatus), and several of the loveliest honeysuckers I had yet seen.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • Australian honeysuckers; but they are characterised by extraordinary developments of plumage, which are unequalled in any other family of birds.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • On those islands which had ever formed a part of the South American continent, we should be sure to find such common birds as chatterers and toucans and hummingbirds, and some of the peculiar American quadrupeds; while on those which had been separated from Africa, hornbills, orioles, and honeysuckers would as certainly be found.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • But astonished as the travelers were to find themselves walking beneath the shadow of the trees of their own native land, they were still more so at the sight of the birds that flew about in the branches — the “satin bird,” with its silky plumage, and the “king-honeysuckers,” with their plumage of gold and black velvet.

    In Search of the Castaways

  • Numbers of the spotted bower-birds, honeysuckers, and parrots, sought this welcome reservoir, which had seldom, if ever before, reflected a white face.

    International Miscellany of Literature, Art and Science, Vol. 1, No. 3, Oct. 1, 1850


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