One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Australian designating a long-tailed cuckoo-dove of the east coast of Australia, Macropygia amboinensis, which is brown with paler underparts.
2Designating a long-tailed jacana of South-East Asia, Hydrophasianus chirurgus.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Gould (1804–1881), ornithologist and publisher.
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