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Old twitcher's first to capture small, colourful bird (7)

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I believe the answer is:

ostrich

Here is my best explanation:

'bird' is the definition.

(ostrich is a kind of bird)

'old twitcher's first to capture small colourful' is the subsidiary indication.

'first' indicates taking the first letters.

'to capture' indicates putting letters inside.

'small' becomes 's' (abbreviation - e.g. clothes size).

'colourful' becomes 'rich' ('rich' can be similar in meaning to 'colourful').

The first letters of 'old twitchers' is 'ot'.

'ot' placed around 's' is 'ost'.

'ost'+'rich'='ostrich'

This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for ostrich that I've seen before include "Largest extant bird", "The head-in-the-sand bird", "Emu-like bird", "Chorist (anag.)", "Flightless African bird", "Fast-running African flightless bird", "Largest living bird", "A bird for the shirt co.", "To Chris (anag)" and "One refusing to face facts; flightless African bird".)

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