Devil bird


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(Zool.) one of two or more South African drongo shrikes (Edolius retifer, and Edolius remifer), believed by the natives to be connected with sorcery.

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Who knows how the 17th century soldiers perceived the turbojetpowered flying machine with its drooped nose - perhaps as some Devil Bird. Before the musket fired, the 20th and 17th centuries must have separated, for the sun dimmed, the skies greyed, and the Roundheads vanished.
I initially thought of using the dog crate we had for our Black Lab pups, but after sizing up the Devil Bird again I realized I would need something slightly larger, like a Volkswagen Bus.
He had named it, "Devil Bird." And another picture of a dust-blown Marine with "Dirty Bird" scrawled on his helmet.
Town rooftops have fallen silent too with the sudden departure of the 'devil birds' - the swifts, which poet Ted Hughes described as, " Jockeying across each other on their switchback wheel of death they swat past, hard fetched."
Illustrating each story are unusual color paintings by Ana Maria Pacheco, adding another 'curious' element to stories of devil birds, curses, ill-fated human remains, and Ondaatje's literary detective research into Hemingway's and Richard Burton's travels in Africa, India, and Syria.
Called "chuks", "devil birds" or several other more colorful but less printable names, the chukar lives in a rocky vertical world.
And this week, it turns out, those old "devil birds" are actually angels in disguise.