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brain-fever bird

noun
1.
an Indian cuckoo, Cuculus varius, that utters a repetitive call
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  • I grant that it may make very smooth the path of the brain-fever bird.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • Anglo-Indians frequently confound the koel with the brain-fever bird.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • At the mission I used to read about that bird you call the brain-fever bird.

    Tropic Days E. J. Banfield
  • So persistent is it in calling that it is called in places the brain-fever bird.

    An Australian Bird Book John Albert Leach
  • The common cuckoo of the hills is the hawk-cuckoo (Hierococcyx varius) or brain-fever bird.

  • As it does not, like the brain-fever bird, talk English, its notes are not easy to reproduce on paper.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • The caller drones out the numbers with a monotony only equalled by the brain-fever bird, and quite as disastrous to the nerves.

    War in the Garden of Eden

    Kermit Roosevelt
  • The brain-fever bird (Hierococcyx varius) announces his arrival in the United Provinces by uttering an occasional "brain-fever."

  • The brain-fever bird and the koel call so seldom in September that their cries, when heard, cause surprise.

  • The koel is sometimes erroneously called the brain-fever bird.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar

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