a little bird

a little bird

An unknown person. Often used in the phrase "a little bird told me," in which the speaker does not want to reveal the source of the information. When I asked Carly how she knew about my new relationship, she just said that a little bird told her, but I'm going to need some specifics eventually!
See also: bird, little
References in classic literature ?
I know where Chippy is; a little bird told me," said Mrs.
It must be that, I think, that reminds me of it, especially as there was a little bird in the room that would keep on singing all the time of dinner--at least, not a little bird, for it was a parrot, and he didn't sing exactly, for he talked and swore dreadfully: but I think it must be that.
Why, she'll eat a little bird as soon as look at it
I gives her a kiss, and I says no more to her than, "My dear, you're right to speak out, you're to choose for yourself, you're as free as a little bird.