One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A black long-tailed African crow that often feeds gregariously among grazing mammals.
Ptilostomus afer, family Corvidae
- ‘On the golf course were about a dozen Piapiac, a couple of Senegal Coucal, Blue-bellied Roller, Grey Kestrel, 3 Shikra and a Lanner Falcon.’
- ‘Moving on we found Senegal Wattled Plovers, Black-headed Plovers and then Spur-winged Plovers, a Melodious Warbler was spotted and then a group of Piapiac.’
- ‘For the purposes of our bird news services, Piapiac is classed as ungraded: species which are unlikely to appear as wild birds in Britain or Ireland.’
- ‘A group of very noisy Piapiac have invaded the hotel garden from somewhere.’
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