Definition of coly in English:


nounplural noun colies

another term for mousebird
‘Some facultatively hypothermic species (colies, several coraciiforms) alleviate this cost by group roosting on the nest, but this adaptation has not led to the evolution of joint laying.’
  • ‘Two shared, derived characters of the syrinx imply a relationship between parrots and colies.’
  • ‘Mousebirds, or colies, are of the order Coliiformes.’
  • ‘This volume completes the non-passerines, dealing with all species occurring on the continent - residents and visitors alike - in the following families: parrots, turacos, cuckoos, owls, nightjars, swifts, colies, kingfishers and their allies, and woodpeckers and their allies.’
  • ‘These birds, also known as colies (KOHL-eez), range in head-to-tail length from 10.2 to 15.7 inches.’



/ˈkōlē/ /ˈkoʊli/


Mid 19th century from modern Latin Colius, from Greek kolios, denoting a type of woodpecker.