Definition of stitchbird in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstɪtʃbəːd/


A rare New Zealand honeyeater with mainly dark brown or blackish plumage and a sharp call that resembles the word ‘stitch.
  • Notiomystis cincta, family Meliphagidae.
Example sentences
  • Of the 170 species of honeyeaters in Australia and the Pacific Islands, only three - the tui, the bellbird, and the stitchbird (the latter surviving only on offshore islands) - are found in New Zealand.
  • The stitchbird was the eighth of nine native bird species set free on Tiri since the auspicious freedom flight of the parakeets in 1974.
  • When we got to the island, we were most anxious to see the stitchbird, since this was the only place where we would encounter this unusual honeyeater.

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