Green’s Dictionary of Slang

feigele n.

also fagela, fagele, fageleh, faigelah, fegala
[Yid. feygele, little bird + fag n.4 (1); Yid. Feygel is also a woman’s proper name]

(US) a male homosexual; occas. as adj.

E.M. Cohen $250,000 202: ‘He’s a feigele,’ Sholom sneered.
[US]Baker et al. CUSS 114: Fagela An effeminate male.
[UK]A. Rinzler N.Y. Spy 372: ‘Straightniks’ (also known as normals) in New York City are always trying to assimilate, to be a little colored, Jewish, gay, etc. But in-Madison-Avenue term for gay kid is fagele (‘little bird’ in Yiddish), sound-alike to the abusive ‘fag,’ ‘faggot,’ which terms come from the medieval use of sticks of wood to burn heretics, Jews, homosexuals.
J. Roc Winter Blood 204: I want you to know, I want you to understand, Billy is not a feigele, he is a man. But that day he is got there a dress.
[US]L. Kramer Faggots 128: You too are a fegala.
Balka & Rose Twice Blessed 12: [heading] Confessions of a ‘Feygele-Booichik’.
[US]R. Campbell Wizard of La-La Land (1999) 10: Kropotnik was sixteen and already a notorious fageleh in the neighborhood.
[US] Queer Sl. in the Gay 90s [Internet] Feigele – A Yiddish term for gay that is derived from the word bird.
[US]J. Ellroy ‘Hollywood Fuck Pad’ in Destination: Morgue! (2004) 238: Ex-caped ex-con with felonious faigelah brother.
S.L. Beeber Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB’s 140: Arnold Horshack, a parody of an ineffectual Eastern European Jew who borders on a feygele .
D. Hunt Trucker and Pup 241: She would have to realise her only son was gay, a feygele, and was in love with the sweetest, kindest little bloke.