Greybird, Geezerbird, Drab-colored Dullbird, Two-toed Drab-colored Dullbird,
Western Two-toed Drab-colored Dullbird
Light black feathers; exhibits a noticable inferiority complex when in the
company of more colorful birds; arthritic joints; forgetfulness.
Alfred Hitchcock used Graybirds, spray-painted black, in the filming of
his classic avian documentary "The Birds." He used them because of
their willingness to work long hours at below-market rates, and because
he'd always been a big fan of Al Jolson's work.
In the story "The curious case of the phlegmatic tailor," Sherlock Holmes
deduces, from the presence of a single Graybird feather stuck to the instep
of Dr. Watson's right shoe, that Watson has spent the afternoon "playing
whist" (wink, wink) with the wife of a patient, investing 14 pounds sixpence
with the East Indian Spices, Curry, and Leather Pantaloon Import Company,
and beating a street urchin with a stick.
Many uninformed people confuse Pigeons with Graybirds. Pigeons, however,
are not birds at all. Pigeons are feathered flying rats.