1801J. BarrowTrav.I. 29Turtle doves, a thrush called the Sprew, and the Fiscal bird, the Lanius collaris, frequent the gardens near the town.
a1823J. EwartJrnl (1970) 81There are..here great numbers of ring doves, sprews, and other larger birds, which do great damage among the fruit trees.
1827T. PhilippsScenes & Occurrences 68I particularly remarked two sprews of a dark though glossy green, that, when they met the sun’s rays were of exquisite beauty.
1838T. Shone Diary. 20 Oct.This day I began by cutting up the weeds..and shooting of a Sprew and another bird.
1838T. Shone Diary. 31 Nov.This evening the children brought home four young spreus.
1899B. MitfordWeird of Deadly Hollow 161A cloud of spreuws fluttered on sheeny wing, making flash after flash of blue light, their long-drawn piping whistle echoing melodiously from the overhanging crags.
1906W.S. JohnsonOrangia 17Some of the spreeuws, or starlings, destroy much fruit.
1923Haagner & IvySketches of S. Afr. Bird-Life 82First in order of classification comes the Spreeuw, or Pied Starling (Spreo bicolor), which is very common throughout South Africa.
1924D. FairbridgeGardens of S. Afr. 99The handsome red spreeu has a bad character as a fruit-eater, but the brown and white variety lives on insects — chiefly ticks.
1929F.C. SlaterSel. Poems (1947) 117Bald-headed vultures and the burnished sprew. [Note] Sprew = Green sprew or spreeuw (starling family), a bird of brilliant plumage.
1939S. CloeteWatch for Dawn 106A spreeu dug its beak into some half-dried dung for the fly-worms that were in it.
c1963B.C. TaitDurban Story 69This beautiful and natural park where blue-black sprews flash above incredibly green lawns.
1982J. Krige inStaffriderVol.5No.2, 20A sprieu chattered away.
1983Evening Post 26 Mar. 7A garden full of exotic (foreign) plants may be colourful and attractive but its bird life will be mainly sprews (European starlings) and European sparrows.
1853F.P. FlemingKaffraria 72The Green, or Purple, Sprew is..a most beautiful and common resident in the Mimosa bush.
1856R.E.E. WilmotDiary (1984) 133I must now mention one of the conspicuous birds of the Eastern Province viz. the green sprue...The first sight of a flock of these superb creatures with their glowing iridescent green and purple plumage and bright yellow eyes, is a thing to remember.
1923Haagner & IvySketches of S. Afr. Bird-Life 153A common member of this family is the Red-shouldered Glossy Starling (Lamprocolius phoenicopterus), commonly known as the Green Spreeuw in the Eastern portion of the Cape Province...The true Green Spreeuw is confined to Cape Province, it being replaced in the Transvaal and Natal by a smaller sub-species (L. p. bispecularis).
1925F.C. SlaterCentenary Bk of S. Afr. Verse 236Many species [of sprew] occur in South Africa; the Green Spreeuw, a beautiful bird of brilliant plumage, is common in bush districts.
1929[see sense 1].
1965J. BennettHawk Alone 67He kept the Winchester..for knocking off the red-winged spreeuws which fouled the rainwater tanks.
1821C.I. LatrobeJrnl of Visit (Glossary) 398Wittegat Spreuw, Turdus morio of Linnæus.
1853F.P. FlemingKaffraria 72Another Kaffrarian bird is the Oriole bird (Oriolus Galbula), generally known locally as the Golden, or Yellow, Sprew.
1909A. Haagner inAfr. MonthlyVol.6No.33, 269We may hear the beautiful flute-like notes of the Black-headed Oriole (Oriolus larvatus), locally known as the Yellow Spreeuw, and catch a glimpse of its robust figure in yellow and green coat, and black head.
1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 568Yellow spreeuw, In some parts of the Eastern Province Oriolus larvatus is known by this name. (Albany.)
1923Haagner & IvySketches of S. Afr. Bird-Life 156The last member of the family is the Black-headed Oriole..fairly common in the Albany and Bathurst Divisions of the Cape Province, where it is often known as the Yellow Spreeuw.
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