from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the wings marked as if with letters: specifically said of a kite, Elanus scriptus.


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  • In their wake, many birds of prey, most notably the largely nocturnal letter-winged kite (Elanus scriptus) also reach unusually high population densities and extend their geographic range well beyond their normal center in the Mitchell Grass Downs.

    Mitchell grass downs

  • In 1992, an upsurge of feral cats in the Diamantina region of western Queensland threatened native fauna, including the letter-winged kite.

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  • Haha! That's pretty much what I was thinking too, yarb. Then I thought, "But which letter?" Turns out it's a W. Here's a photo of the lovely bird in question.

    January 8, 2008

  • Sounds like a Homeric epithet:

    'Odysseus, letter-winged, crafty in colloquy, spoke to the suitors thus...'

    January 8, 2008