blackhead, noun

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Also with initial capital.
1. [Transferred use of English black-head a name given to various bird species.] Either of two bird species:
a. obsolete. In Natal, any of several species of bulbul, especially Pycnonotus barbatus of the Pycnonotidae. See also toppie noun1.
1899 R.B. & J.D.S. Woodward Natal Birds 21Boys often call this bird (sc. Pycnonotus layardi) the ‘Blackhead’.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 62Blackhead, (1) In Natal Pycnonotus layardi is so named.
1923 Haagner & Ivy Sketches of S. Afr. Bird-Life 86These Bulbuls..are known by various ‘local’ or vernacular names such as ‘Tiptol’ in the Eastern Cape,..‘Topknot’ or ‘Black Head’ in Natal.
b. In the Eastern Cape, the canary Serinus alario of the Fringillidae; also called berg canary (see berg sense 1 b ii).
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 62Blackhead,..In the Eastern Province of the Cape Colony the Alario alario is so called. See Berg canarie.
1923 Haagner & Ivy Sketches of S. Afr. Bird-Life 147A favourite little songbird is the dainty little Mountain Canary (Alario alario) familiarly called the ‘Black-head’ by the schoolboys of the Eastern Cape Province.
1936 E.L. Gill First Guide to S. Afr. Birds 18Mountain Canary, Blackhead, Swartkoppie, Bergkanarie; Alario alario.
1958 I. Vaughan Diary 52They are cape canarys, blackheads and geel sysies. Now he has 20 blackheads.
1962 W.R. Siegfried Some Protected Birds of Cape Prov. (1967) Pl.169Mountain Canary, Black-headed Canary, Black-head. A familiar bird of the dry western areas and a popular cage-bird.
2. In the noun phrases Persian and Black-headed Persian [see Persian] a hardy non-woolled sheep with a black head and neck, and white body; Persian. Also attributive. See also Dorper noun2, Van Rooy.
Note:
The breed is used principally in cross-breeding, and for improved mutton production.
1953 S. Afr. Stockbreeder & Farmer Ref. Bk 230The non-woolled sheep are mostly fat-tailed, e.g. the indigenous Namaqua and Ronderib Afrikaner, the Blackhead Persian and the van Rooy.
1953 S. Afr. Stockbreeder & Farmer Ref. Bk 231The Blackhead Persian found to-day in South Africa is superior to its progenitors found in Arabia and Somaliland...Blackhead Persian stud sheep have been registered in the South African Stud Book since its inception in 1906.
1955 J.H. Wellington Sn Afr.: Geog. Study II. 69Non-woolled sheep..such as the Blackhead Persian, the Africander, [etc.].
1973 W.J. Hugo in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. VIII. 509The Black-headed Persian has made a very important contribution to the development of Karakul breeding in South Africa.
In Natal, any of several species of bulbul, especially Pycnonotus barbatus of the Pycnonotidae.
In the Eastern Cape, the canary Serinus alario of the Fringillidae; also called berg canaryberg1 b ii.
a hardy non-woolled sheep with a black head and neck, and white body; Persian. Also attributive.

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