monkey-bird, noun

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See quotation 1923.
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In the Eastern Cape: the kakelaar, Phoeniculus purpureus.
1923 Haagner & Ivy Sketches of S. Afr. Bird-Life 39In Grahamstown it (sc. the wood hoopoe) is often called the Monkey-bird, probably..on account of its chattering, noisy habits.
1931 Guide to Vertebrate Fauna of E. Cape Prov. (Albany Museum) I. 155Phoeniculus purpureus..Wood-Hoopoe, Monkey-Bird...They go about in pairs, feeding on the insects infesting bark, chattering continuously as they feed, and sometimes breaking out into a loud demonical laugh.
1937 M. Alston Wanderings 223The noisy red-billed hoopoes..well deserve the name of either ‘kakelaars’ or ‘monkey-birds’.
In the Eastern Cape: the kakelaar, Phoeniculus purpureus.

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