Definition of reel-bird in English:

reel-bird

noun

English Regional, East Anglian
rare, historical
  • Either of two Eurasian warblers having a song that is a high-pitched, mechanical-sounding trill, Savi's warbler, Locustella luscinioides, and the grasshopper warbler, L. naevia.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Brown. From reel + bird; compare quots. 1856, 1906.

Pronunciation

reel-bird

/ˈriːlbəːd/