One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Asian bird of the babbler family, with orange-yellow underparts and a melodious song, popular as a pet bird. Also called Pekin robin, red-billed leiothrix.
Leiothrix lutea, family Timaliidae
- ‘House Finches primarily inhabit forest edges and grassland, whereas the leiothrix is generally found in the understory of closed-canopy forest.’
- ‘The red-billed leiothrix lives in the underbrush of mountain forests, where it often travels in small flocks singing its melodious song.’
Modern Latin, from Greek leios ‘smooth’ + thrix ‘hair’.
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