The woman is <a birdy bit of a thing> who loves anything superior

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Here are some words from the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover(page 442, chapter 19) by DH Lawrence (planetebook,here):
(background: Mellors got a job on a farm. The following is what he said in his letter to Connie.…)

I’ve got lodging in a bit of an old cottage in Engine Row very decent. The man is engine-driver at High Park, tall, with a beard, and very chapel. The woman is a birdy bit of a thing who loves anything superior. King’s English and allow-me! all the time.

I don't think birdy thing is depicting the woman's physical appearance, but her spiritual state. Maybe in western culture, bird is related to social status.

How should I understand it please?
Thank you in advance
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