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1Chiefly Scottish. The yellowhammer, Emberiza citrinella. Now historical.
2Chiefly Irish English. The pied wagtail, Motacilla alba. Compare "deviling". Now rare.
Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From the genitive of devil + bird, so called (variously) with reference to their dark plumage, their tendency to appear ahead of bad weather, or a combination of these.
devil's bird/ˈdɛvlz bəːd/
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