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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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STUCKIE, n.1 Also stookie. The starling, Sturnus vulgaris (Per. 1915 Wilson L. Strathearn 269; Edb. 1965 J. T. R. Ritchie Singing Street 11; em., wm.Sc. 1971). [′stʌke]Gsw. 1987 Peter Mason C'mon Geeze Yer Patter! 86:
Glesca's pure hoachin wi' stuckies. Glasgow has a huge population of starlings.
wm.Sc. 1988 Scotsman (6 Feb) viii:
Not having any idea of the cloud due to arrive in about 20 minutes he said: "So the hawks help tae keep the stuckies doon?" In reply I quoted him the old Scots saying: "Every drop helps," quoth the wren when she pished in the sea.
m.Sc. 1988 William Neill Making Tracks 90:
The stuckies arna jist ma wale o burd;
It's nae gret pleisure whan thair sang is heard;
thair jaikit's bonnie but a wee thing flash
Ags. 1988 Raymond Vettese The Richt Noise 67:
And there's birds: the mavis, the spug, the corbie,
the stuckie, the greenlintie, the bullie, e'en a gow,
Lnk. 1997 Duncan Glen Seventeen Poems 5:
And the speugies
and stookies and craws - and blackies e'en.
And waws to sclim to fields for shootin
foxes - ae fox - and maukins and rats.

[Prob. imit. of its song, formed after starling.]

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