Meaning of devil's bird in English:

devil's bird

Pronunciation /ˈdɛvlz bəːd/


  • 1Scottish historical The yellowhammer, Emberiza citrinella.

  • 2Irish rare The pied wagtail, Motacilla alba. Compare "deviling".


Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From the genitive of devil + bird, so called (variously) with reference to their dark plumage, their tendency to appear ahead of bad weather, or a combination of these.