Messenger bird

the secretary bird, from its swiftness.

See also: Messenger

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The Hud Hud, referred to as Solomon's messenger bird in the Quran, was apparently instrumental in the people of Saba (Sheba of southern Arabia) and their Queen Bilqees turning to Allah.
That is the hornbill (which is considered a messenger bird to the spirit world in many African societies).
Even the most mundane domestic article as the handle of a scoop net, with the Maranaos, is carved and painted with okir, an artistic crafting style with a complex art motif nomenclature like pako rabong or climbing fern, all derived from nature, as their mythical creatures that represent prestige and elegance: the Sarimanok, the enigmatic messenger bird, or the Niaga-naga, the classic "S" dragon motif.
There was also the opportunity to enter competitions before the event and Year 8 pupil Jade Burrell won first prize, receiving a PS10 book voucher for her diary entry, based on Ruth Easham's novel 'The Messenger Bird.' Students had the chance to buy books and have them signed by the two authors.
[b] ** HAWKE, Rosanne The Messenger Bird UQP 2012 252pp $19.95 pbk ISBN 9780702238826 SCIS 1548378
So successful were this wicked duo that Wacky Races spawned the equally funny spin-off, Catch the Pigeon, where once more fantastic machines were employed in a futile attempt to stop a messenger bird. The general on the telephone was a particular highlight.
The Messenger Birds, Gazebo Effect, Honeystone: 8 p.m.
Pigeons Catch a glimpse of these messenger birds, which are a lot more varied than you may first think.
Some were even converted into pigeon lofts enabling a crack team of messenger birds to carry vital information to and from the frontline.
There's even a pigeon vest that the women's underwear maker Maidenform manufactured to hold messenger birds. On Long Island, the Republic Aviation Corporation manufactured the P-47 Thunderbolt (a model hangs overhead), and Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation turned out its cat series of naval airplanes (Wildcat, Hellcat, Bearcat, and others).
As messenger birds they've been giving a whole new meaning to air mail since 5th-century Persia, transporting everything from Olympic sporting results to military intelligence.