twite (plural twites)
- A small passerine bird, Linaria flavirostris (syn. Carduelis flavirostris), that breeds in northern Europe and across central Asia.
1976, J. T. R. Sharrock, The Atlas of Breeding Birds in Britain and Ireland, page 420:
- The Twite has the distinction of being the only European bird derived from the Tibetan fauna type.
1986, Valerie M. Thom, Birds in Scotland, page 331:
- Twites also breed in southwest and central Asia – at up to 3,500 m asl in Tibet – and it is supposed that the European relict populations became isolated during the retreat of the ice age (Voous 1960).
2007, Simon Wood, The Birds of Essex, page 557:
- With subsequent climate warming, Twites in Europe followed the tundra north and became isolated.