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Double-striped Thick-knee
2009-02-21 20:25:31

The Double-striped Thick-knee (Burhinus bistriatus) is a species of Stone-Curlew. It is a resident breeder in Central and South America from southern Mexico south to Colombia, Venezuela and northern Brazil. It is also found on Hispaniola and on some Venezuelan Islands. It is a very rare vagrant to Trinidad and the USA. Its preferred habitat is arid grassland, savanna, and other dry, open areas....

Stone Curlew
2009-02-21 20:14:29

The Stone Curlew or Eurasian Stone-curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus) is a species of bird that occurs throughout Europe, north Africa and southwestern Asia. In summer, it is found in the more temperate European and Asian regions, and in winter it migrates south into Africa. In Egypt, the melodic song of the Stone Curlew is often heard at night, although it is rarely seen. Its song is featured in...

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sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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