Trying to think what species of birds would yield a rainbow of wings, in England.  Robins, blue-tits and finches, perhaps.

‘But when she looked again there was nothing to be seen except the tangled briars and all the lovely little birds with their rainbow-coloured wings.’

Source: Elizabeth Goudge, The Little White Horse, illus. C. Walter Hodges (Oxford: Lion Hudson, 2011 (1946)), p. 96

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