1897J.P. FitzpatrickOutspan 55There is a sort of bastard cockatoo in those parts which is commonly known as the ‘Go way’ bird, on account of its cry, which closely resembles these words, and of a habit it is supposed to have of warning game of the approach of man.
1906Chambers’s Jrnl (U.K.) Mar. 214A pair of rare crested parrots, or ‘go-away birds’, as they are called.
1914S.P. HyattOld Transport Rd 179The Go-away bird warning the game of your approach.
1929J. Stevenson-HamiltonLow-Veld 96The grey lourie or ‘go-away’ bird, which, with its long tail jerking up and down with the effort, shouts out his warning of approaching danger to all and sundry.
1958M. SparkGo-Away Bird 74All over the Colony it was possible to hear the subtle voice of the grey-crested lourie, commonly known as the go-away bird by its call, ‘go ’way, go ’way’.
1968G. CroudaceBlack Rose 88‘Go’way, go’way.’ The sudden alarm call of the lourie startled her.
1971Argus 10 Mar.Hunters call the Grey Loerie the go way bird because just after you creep up to your quarry after perhaps hours of spooring, this bird calls out from a tree-top in a coffee grinder voice ‘go way’!
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