redwing defined in 1930 yearredwing - Redwing;
redwing - Upper parts olive-brown; a broad white streak above the eye under parts white, with numerous oblong, dusky spots; under wing-coverts and flanks orange-red. Length, eight and a half inches.
In size and general appearance the redwing resembles the song- thrush. Like the fieldfare, he is a winter visitor from northern Europe, arriving a little earlier on the east coast, and differing from his fellow-migrants in being less hardy. He is more of an insect- eater, and is incapable of thriving on berries and seeds; hence in very severe seasons he is the greater sufferer, and sometimes perishes in considerable numbers when, in the same localities, the fieldfare is not sensibly affected. Nor is he of so vagrant a habit as the larger thrush: year after year he returns to the same place to spend the winter months, feeding in the same meadows, and roosting in the same plantations, until the return of spring calls him to the north. He is partial to cultivated districts where there are woods and grasslands, and passes the daylight hours in meadows and moist grounds near water, returning regularly in the evening to the roosting- trees.
At all seasons the redwing is gregarious, and in its summer haunts many birds are found nesting in close proximity. A good deal of interest attaches to the subject of its song, which Linnaeus thought ' delightful,' and comparable to that of the nightingale - an opinion ridiculed by Professor Newton in his edition of Yarrell. Richard Jeffories, who found the redwing breeding and heard its summer song in England, describes its strain as ' sweet and loud - far louder than the old, familiar notes of the thrush. The note rang out clear and high, and somehow sounded strangely unfamiliar among English meadows and English oaks.'
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