Mound-birds

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.pl Mound-birds a family of Australasian gallinaceous birds which build large mounds as incubators for their eggs
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. mund, a defence; cf. Old High Ger. munt, defence, and perh. L. mons, a mount.

Usage

In literature:

One of the most curious groups of birds, the Megapodii, or mound-makers, is very abundant in the Moluccas.
"The Malay Archipelago" by Alfred Russell Wallace
It represents a bird on the wing, and is called the Eagle Mound.
"The Prehistoric World" by E. A. Allen
These, as is the habit of that bird, were deposited in a large mound formed of sticks, earth, and leaves.
"The Overland Expedition of The Messrs. Jardine" by Frank Jardine and Alexander Jardine
A bird common amongst the honey-suckles (Banksias), in the sandy rises or mounds in the neighbourhood of the Darling.
"Expedition into Central Australia" by Charles Sturt
Among the bones of birds, scarcely any are more frequent in the mounds than those of the auk (Alca impennis), now extinct.
"The Geological Evidence of The Antiquity of Man" by Charles Lyell
Near this spot, too, on a high mound, was the "Thunder's nest," where a very small bird sat upon her eggs during fair weather.
"The Old Santa Fe Trail" by Henry Inman
If so, in early May you will see a pair of nervous brown birds, heaping up a mound of moss and mud.
"Citizen Bird" by Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
In habits this last bird resembles the Australian species, especially in constructing enormous mounds for the reception of its eggs.
"Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by John MacGillivray
Nothing resembling the toucan, as has been seen, has been found in the mounds; but, as stated, this bird is found in Southern Mexico.
"Animal Carvings from Mounds of the Mississippi Valley" by Henry W. Henshaw
It is said that a number of birds make these mounds together.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
The young chicken, a short time after it leaves the egg, knows how to take care of itself nearly as well as the young mound-bird.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, July 1878, No. 9" by Various
To the left of where the birds were, and close to them, lay a mound of something showing dark amidst the grass.
"The Pools of Silence" by H. de Vere Stacpoole
This mound was covered with nests, showing that the birds understood this place could always be reached over dry land.
"Antarctic Penguins" by George Murray Levick
MALL'EE-BIRD, MALL'EE-HEN, an Australian mound-bird or megapode.
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)" by Various
The famous serpent mound and several other animal-shaped earthworks are located in Ohio and two bird mounds are in Georgia.
"Baraboo, Dells, and Devil's Lake Region" by H. E. Cole
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In poetry:

By wintry hills his hermit-mound
The sheeted snow-drifts drape,
And houseless there the snow-bird flits
Beneath the fir-trees' crape:
Glazed now with ice the cloistral vine
That hid the shyest grape.
"Monody" by Herman Melville
None tends them. Flowers will come again in spring,
And the torn hills and those poor mounds be green.
Some bird that sings in English woods may sing
To English lads beneath--the wind will keep
Its ancient lullaby.
"The Graves of Gallipoli" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

It also contained mounds of garbage, bird feces and bird seed.
'Birds relieved to get Marte back on mound.
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