sugarbird, noun

Origin:
South African Dutch, DutchShow more Translation of South African Dutch, transferred use of Dutch suikervogel humming bird (suiker sugar + vogel bird).
1. Either of two species of bird of the Promeropidae, Promerops cafer or P. gurneyi, in colour brown, white, and rufous, and with long tails and long, slender, curved beaks; sunbird.
Note:
In G.L. Maclean’s Roberts' Birds of Sn Afr. (1993), the name ‘Cape sugarbird’ is used for P. cafer, and ‘Gurney’s sugarbird’ for P. gurneyi. These two species together constitute the family Promeropidae.
1798 Lady A. Barnard in Lord Lindsay Lives of Lindsays (1849) III. 408I began to collect my Cape trifles for my friends at home, — some beautiful loories,..some plumes of the sugar-bird’s tail, which is long and elegantly formed at the season of the year.
1992 D.M. Richardson in Afr. Wildlife Vol.46 No.2, 210Starlings feed enthusiastically on the nectar of the shrub Protea repens, much to the annoyance of the native Cape sugarbirds.
2. obsolete. Any of several species of sunbird: honey-sucker sense 2. Also attributive.
Note:
See note at sunbird.
1810 G. Barrington Acct of Voy. 298The little sugar bird is another wonder of nature..with a long sickle-shaped bill.
1923 [see suikerbekje].
Either of two species of bird of the Promeropidae, Promerops cafer or P. gurneyi, in colour brown, white, and rufous, and with long tails and long, slender, curved beaks; sunbird.
honey-sucker2. Also attributive.

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