“And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:27-28 KJV)
“And the cloud of the LORD was upon them by day, when they went out of the camp.” (Numbers 10:34 KJV)
” Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.” When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,” (Job 38:4, 9 KJV)
Avian and Attributes – Cloud
(1): (n.) A dark vein or spot on a lighter material, as in marble; hence, a blemish or defect; as, a cloud upon one’s reputation; a cloud on a title.
(2): (v. i.) To grow cloudy; to become obscure with clouds; — often used with up.
(3): (n.) That which has a dark, lowering, or threatening aspect; that which temporarily overshadows, obscures, or depresses; as, a cloud of sorrow; a cloud of war; a cloud upon the intellect.
(6): (v. t.) To overspread or hide with a cloud or clouds; as, the sky is clouded.
“And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:” (Exodus 13:21 KJV)
(8): (n.) A collection of visible vapor, or watery particles, suspended in the upper atmosphere.
(9): (n.) A mass or volume of smoke, or flying dust, resembling vapor.
(10): (v. t.) To blacken; to sully; to stain; to tarnish; to damage; — esp. used of reputation or character.
(11): (n.) A great crowd or multitude; a vast collection.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2 KJV)
Cloud Birds – Cloud Cisticola, Cloud-forest Pygmy Owl, Cloud-forest Screech Owl
The Cloud Cisticola or tink-tink cisticola (Cisticola textrix) is a species of bird in the Cisticolidae – Cisticolas and allies Family. It is found in Angola, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, and Zambia, and its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland.
The Cloud-forest Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium nubicola) is a short, muscular, small-sized species of owl found throughout the Andes of western Colombia and north-western Ecuador, being confined to cloud forests between 900–2000 m a.s.l. Below this altitudinal range the Central American pygmy owl (Glaucidium griseiceps) occurs; above the Andean pygmy owl (Glaucidium jardinii) occurs. It is in the Strigidae – Owls Family.
Its epithet nubicola means in Latin “cloud inhabiting”, because this species is restricted to very humid cloud forests.
The Cloud-forest Screech Owl (Megascops marshalli) is a species of owl in the Strigidae – Owls Family. It is found in Bolivia and Peru. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It is threatened by habitat loss.
[Definitions from Webster’s Dictionary of American English (1828), unless noted. Bird info from Wikipedia plus.]