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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’.
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.
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.
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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