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Brown mature river bird (7)


I believe the answer is:


'bird' is the definition.
(tanager is a kind of bird)

'brown mature river' is the wordplay.
'brown' becomes 'tan' (tan is a kind of brown).
'mature' becomes 'age' (synonyms).
'river' becomes 'r' (abbreviation).

(Other definitions for tanager that I've seen before include "South American singer" , "A bird" , "Songbird of the bunting family" , "American songbird" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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