from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A generic name under which Hodgson originally, and after him other writers, described several small wren-like birds of India, later determined to represent different genera and conventionally referred to the Timeliidæ.


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  • A genus of tiny, ground-living warblers ranging from 7 to 10 cm long and weighing from 6 to 12 g. They have long legs and an upright stance and appear at times to lack a tail, since their tail retrices are shorter than tail coverts. Tesias are native to East and Southeast Asia.

    June 25, 2008