from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small Eurasian marsh bird (Panurus biarmicus), the male of which has mustachelike black markings.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A bird, the bearded tit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The European bearded titmouse (Panurus biarmicus); -- called also reed bunting, bearded pinnock, and lesser butcher bird.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The bearded tit. Panurus or Calamophilus biarmicus, a common bird of Europe and Asia: so called from frequenting reeds. Also called reed-pheasant.
Part at least of it was shallow, for a dead branch blown from an elm projected above the water, and to it came a sedge-reedling for a moment.
The furze itself became a broad surface of gold, beautiful to look down upon, with islands of tenderest birch green interspersed, and willows in which the sedge-reedling chattered.
The moment the nightingale ceases the sedge-reedling lifts his voice, which is a very penetrating one, and in the silence of the night may be heard some distance.
Over the stormy waters a band of brown bank-martins wheel hastily to and fro, and from the osiers the loud chirp of the sedge-reedling rises above the buffet of the wind against the ear, and the splashing of the waves.
On the contrary, the sedge-reedling, which chatters side by side with the nightingale, is the first of all his kind to return to the neighbourhood.
A cuckoo called from the top of the tallest birch, and a nightingale and a brook-sparrow (or sedge-reedling) were audible together in the common on the opposite side of the road.
The sedge-reedling is so fond of sedges, and reeds, and thick undergrowth, that though you hear it perpetually within a few yards it is not easy to see one.
The latter sings in one bush and the sedge-reedling in another close together.
Here a brook-sparrow or sedge-reedling takes up his quarters in the spring, and chatters on, day and night, through the summer.
At the end of the hedge which is near a brook, a sedge-reedling takes up his residence in the spring.