firetail
Redstart Red"start` (-st?rt`), n. [Red + start tail.] (Zo["o]l.) (a) A small, handsome European singing bird ({Phoenicurus phoenicurus}, formerly {Ruticilla phoenicurus}), allied to the nightingale; -- called also {redtail}, {brantail}, {fireflirt}, {firetail}. The black redstart is {Phoenicurus ochruros} (formerly {Phoenicurus tithys}), and is now rare and protected by law in England. The name is also applied to several other species of {Ruticilla} and allied genera, native of India. (b) An American fly-catching warbler ({Setophaga ruticilla}). The male is black, with large patches of orange-red on the sides, wings, and tail. The female is olive, with yellow patches. [1913 Webster +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Firetail — Fire tail , n. (Zo[ o]l.) The European redstart; called also {fireflirt}. [prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • firetail — Sappho Sap pho, n. [See {Sapphic}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of brilliant South American humming birds of the genus {Sappho}, having very bright colored and deeply forked tails; called also {firetail}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • firetail — /ˈfaɪəteɪl / (say fuyuhtayl) noun any endemic Australian finch of the genus Stagonopleura, which has crimson upper tail coverts …   Australian English dictionary

  • firetail — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun : any of several birds with red or reddish tails: as a. dialect England : redstart 1 b. : diamond sparrow 1 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Beautiful Firetail — Taxobox name = Beautiful Firetail status = LC | status system = IUCN3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Passeriformes familia = Estrildidae genus = Stagonopleura species = S. bella binomial = Stagonopleura bella binomial …   Wikipedia

  • Diamond Firetail — Conservation status Near Threatened ( …   Wikipedia

  • Painted Firetail — Taxobox name = Painted Firetail status = LC | status system = IUCN3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Passeriformes familia = Estrildidae genus = Emblema genus authority = Gould, 1842 species = E. pictum binomial =… …   Wikipedia

  • Red-eared Firetail — Taxobox name = Red eared Firetail status = LC | status system = IUCN3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Passeriformes familia = Estrildidae genus = Stagonopleura species = S. oculata binomial = Stagonopleura oculata… …   Wikipedia

  • Mountain Firetail — Conservation status Least Concern ( …   Wikipedia

  • Duckweed Firetail — Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta …   Wikipedia

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