They derive the name " wire- tailed"
from the fact that the thin shafts of the outer pair of tail feathers are prolonged five inches beyond the others and look like wires.
And John looked- much as he had looked at long- tailed
grey ponies in his bridegroom days- longing to give her every thing she desired.
This was the great country of the frogs- the milk- and- honey country to the ring- tailed
family in the hollow gum.