Definition of mesia in English:


(also silver-eared mesia)


  • A SE Asian bird of the babbler family, the male having red and yellow plumage with a black-and-white head.

    Leiothrix argentauris, family Timaliidae

    • ‘And others such as silver-eared mesias and velvet-fronted nuthatches, which may be escapees from the wild bird trade.’
    • ‘On Sept.28, 186 birds, including 100 mesias, were arrived by plane from Taiwan to England.’
    • ‘According to the report, a group of silver-eared mesias imported from Taiwan were determined to be infected with the H5N1 strain of the avian flu virus.’
    • ‘Taiwan will send veterinary epidemiologists to Britain to sort out a government report by British authorities that the virulent H5N1 bird flu strain was found in Taiwan-exported silver-eared mesias, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said yesterday.’
    • ‘Feb 2007 silly me again… the top pix shows a silver-eared mesia, one of the most common bird in fraser's hill while the second pix show a female large niltava.’
    • ‘The two silver-eared mesias found in Mong Kok have tested positive for H5N1, the Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department says.’
    • ‘Officials said tissue samples from the finch-like mesias were pooled so it was impossible to say how many had been killed by H5N1.’
    • ‘In addition, the government assigned veterinary epidemiologists to Britain to sort out government skepticism of a British report that the virulent H5N1 strain was found in Taiwan-exported silver-eared mesias.’
    • ‘Quite often birds like the silver-eared mesia would go about happily foraging in a shrub just a few feet from humans.’
    • ‘In the mountain forest of Mount Tahan, the silver-eared mesias, chestnut-capped laughing thrushes and shrike-babblers can be seen foraging.’
    • ‘Visit to nearby forest of Mawsmai cave for possible chances of Babblers, Red-billed Leiothrix, silver-eared mesia.’


Modern Latin (former genus name).