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sunbird, noun

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EnglishShow more Transferred use of general English sunbird, a name for any bird of the Nectariniidae family.
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sugarbird sense 1.
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As in general English, the name ‘sunbird’ is widely used in South African English of any of several small birds of the Nectariniidae (see honey-sucker sense 2).
1866 J. Leyland Adventures 3I also succeeded in killing a few common Sun-birds (Promerops Caffir) violet-headed Sun-birds, (Nectarinia Violacea,) Green Sugar-birds, (Nectarinia Fermosa,) also a few thrushes, yellow and black.
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