go-away bird


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go-away bird

n
(Animals) South African a common name for a grey-plumaged lourie of the genus Corythaixoides. See also lourie
[C19: imitative of its call]
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Just the names of things are a delight: the blood henry starfish, the common sea angel, the northern stoplight loosejaw (a fish), the precious wentletrap (a sea shell) and the bare-faced go-away bird.
Alessandrini says you'll need to ask yourself questions such as, why is that go-away bird making so much noise--is there a predator around?
THE GO-AWAY BIRD by Warren FitzGerald (Blue Door, pounds 7.