Any of several small warblers of the Sylviidae, especially Cisticola textrix; also called tinktinkie. Also attributive.
c1808C. von LinnéSystem of Nat. Hist.VIII. 461The Pinc-pinc. This is one of the smallest birds of Africa; in size and manners very like the wren..in continual motion,..uttering its note of pinc-pinc, pinc-pinc, pinc-pinc, the whole time. The children at the Cape call it the pinc-pinc from its note.
1868J.G. WoodHomes without Hands 217The Pinc-pinc of Africa..has a similar custom, constructing a supplementary roosting-place upon the nest.
1894NewtonDict. BirdsPinc-pinc (or rather ‘Tinc-tinc’), the name which a South African bird..has given itself from its ringing metallic cry.
1896J. Wood inScientific African Mar. 76The obtrusive ‘pink-pinkje’ (D. Tetrix) was also there.
1901Stark & SclaterBirds of S. Afr.II.The Pinc-pinc appears to be confined to the south western parts of the Colony...The Pinc-pinc builds a regular Cisticoline, deep, purse-shaped nest, of dry grass and cobwebs lined with vegetable down.
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