One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tree-dwelling songbird of South and SE Asia with mainly green plumage and a black bill, the male typically having a black throat.
- ‘However, I stray from the purpose of our trip: birds, which were no less alluring than all the scenes mentioned above, with names such as leafbirds, bulbuls, coucals, laughingthrushes, babblers, sunbirds and junglefowl.’
- ‘Scott then placed the males next to the cage of a male Orange-bellied Leafbird, and soon all three males were singing the leafbird song.’
- ‘This higher-level sequencing convention results in some strange and eye-catching placements, such as the kinglets between bulbuls and leafbirds, or the vireos between whydahs and fringillids.’
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