Purple bird

(Zool.) the European purple gallinule. See under Gallinule.

See also: Purple

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
But every little while, as it pecked at the bark of the tree, the purple bird bethought itself of some secret sorrow, and repeated its plaintive note of "Peep, peep, pe--weep!"
They could not help suspecting that the purple bird must be aware of something mischievous that would befall them at the palace, and the knowledge of which affected its airy spirit with a human sympathy and sorrow.
The words were hardly out of his mouth, before the purple bird flew away, crying, "Peep, peep, pe--weep," more dolorously than ever.
It happened to Ulysses, just as before, that, when he had gone a few steps from the edge of the cliff, the purple bird came fluttering towards him, crying, "Peep, peep, pe--weep!" and using all the art it could to persuade him to go no farther.
It was the purple bird, who, all this while, had been sitting over their heads, watching what was going forward, and hoping that Ulysses would remember how he had done his utmost to keep him and his followers out of harm's way.
The threat, the Pigs find out, is Eagle Island, a frozen, powerful stronghold ruled by the mysterious, purple bird of prey, Zeta (Leslie Jones), who has no qualms about making her thunderous, destructive presence felt.
Pig Island, you see, is under attack from nearby Eagle Island, where Zeta (Leslie Jones), a purple bird of prey, has been antagonizing the pigs with a barrage of weaponized ice balls.
The sequel has brought a number of A-listers to the cast, most notably 'Saturday Night Live' star Leslie Jones is roped in as the villainous purple bird Zeta, who Gad says was "such inspired casting and brings such unwieldy new energy to the film that disrupts everything in such a great way."
Jason Sudeikis returns as the voice of Red, the now not-so-angry bird who must team up with his sworn enemies, The Pigs, to defeat a maniacal purple bird named Zeta (Leslie Jones) who wants to destroy their home.
Here a mysterious purple bird unveils a plan to usher in a new ice age.
Most often, complaints relate to stained sidewalks, fruit pulp tracked into the house on the soles of shoes, and a slew of purple bird droppings on cars.
The boy has a strange purple bird on his shoulder and each child carries a marker pen, one red the other purple.