night bird

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night bird ‎(plural night birds)

  1. a type of bird associated with the night
  2. a human denizen of night.
    • 1865, Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend
      Bradley assenting, went with him into an early public-house, haunted by unsavoury smells of musty hay and stale straw, where returning carts, farmers' men, gaunt dogs, fowls of a beery breed, and certain human night-birds fluttering home to roost, were solacing themselves after their several manners; and where not one of the night-birds hovering about the sloppy bar failed to discern at a glance in the passion-wasted night-bird with respectable feathers, the worst night-bird of all.