titmouse

Part of speech: noun

A small bird having a short bill concealed by feathers.

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Usage examples "titmouse":

  1. One readily recalls Emerson's " Titmouse," Trowbridge's " Pewee," Celia Thaxter's " Sandpiper," and others of a like character. - "Birds and Poets", John Burroughs.
  2. Imagine, therefore, my surprise and happiness when I received the following communication from my revered and beloved chief, Professor Farrago, dated from the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, whither he had been summoned in haste to examine and pronounce upon the identity of a very small bird supposed to be a specimen of that rare and almost extinct creature, the two- toed titmouse, Mustitta duototus, to be scientifically exact, as I invariably strive to be. - "Police!!!", Robert W. Chambers.
  3. The next day I heard the titmouse singing in an elder by the kitchen, and went out to see how the birds acted when gathering their own material. - "A-Birding on a Bronco", Florence A. Merriam.