parrotbill

parrot's-bill

[par-uhts-bil]
noun
a showy, vinelike plant, Clianthus puniceus, of New Zealand, having clusters of eight white-streaked, crimson flowers.
Also called parrot-beak [par-uht-beek] , red kowhai.


Origin:
1865–70; presumably translation of the Maori name of the plant, kōwhai ŋutukākā literally, kaka-billed kowhai

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parrotbill

any of 14 species of the songbird family Panuridae (order Passeriformes) that have a deep and compressed bill like a parrot's. They occur in brushy grasslands of central and eastern Asia. A typical species is Gould's parrotbill (Paradoxornis flavirostris); 18 centimetres (7 inches) long, it is brown above and white below, with a heavy-looking head and black markings around the eyes and in the ear region. Some of the smaller species, formerly separated as Suthora, are brightly coloured; an example is the 11-cm (4 12-in.) vinous-throated parrotbill (P. webbiana; see ), a garden bird in Chinese cities.

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