• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Birding Birdcatching or fowling.
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Blue Bird Blue Bird
wife and man with crossbow looking at bird wife and man with crossbow looking at bird
birds flying out of pie in front of king birds flying out of pie in front of king
Bird mite Bird mite
Diagrammatic outline of bird's body Diagrammatic outline of bird's body
A bird-singing match A bird-singing match

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dominica, Mexico, Zambia, Kiribati, Fiji and Egypt all have birds on their flags.
    • Birding (Shak.) catching birds by means of hawks trained for the purpose
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  • Maya Angelou
    “A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”
  • John Milton
    “Sweet bird, that shun the noise of folly, most musical, most melancholy!”
  • Jewish Proverb
    Jewish Proverb
    “If you have money, men think you are wise, handsome, and able to sing like a bird.”
  • William Blake
    “No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.”
  • Martin Luther
    “A good servant is a real godsend, but truly this is a rare bird in the land.”
  • Edward Hersey Richards
    Edward Hersey Richards
    “A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren't we like that wise old bird?”


A little bird told me - If someone doesn't want to say where they got some information from, they can say that a little bird told them.
Bird in the hand is worth two in the bush - 'A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush' is a proverb meaning that it is better to have something that is certain than take a risk to get more, where you might lose everything.
Bird's eye view - If you have a bird's eye view of something, you can see it perfectly clearly.
Bird-brain - Someone who has a bird-brain, or is bird-brained, is stupid.
Bird-dog - (USA) If you bird-dog, you follow someone or something very closely, monitoring them.
Birds and the bees - If a child is taught about the birds and the bees, they are taught about sex.
Birds of a feather flock together - This idiom means that people with similar interests will stick together.
Early bird catches the worm - The early bird catches the worm means that if you start something early, you stand a better chance of success.
Eat like a bird - If someone eats like a bird, they eat very little.
For the birds - If something is worthless or ridiculous, it is for the birds.
Go tell it to birds - This is used when someone says something that is not credible or is a lie.
Kill two birds with one stone - When you kill two birds with one stone, you resolve two difficulties or matters with a single action.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. brid, the young of a bird, a bird: either from root of Breed (bredan, to breed) or of Birth (beran, to bear).


In literature:

Along with this forest have perished many of the animals and thousands of beautiful birds who had homes in it.
"Wild Life on the Rockies" by Enos A. Mills
The little lights twinkled all around him, like flocks of bright birds, and his heart was full of happiness.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
To dress larks and other small birds, draw and spit them on a bird spit.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Birds, and birds, and birds!
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
When they had eaten all the berries, the young birds began to pick the decayed feathers off the old bird and to smooth his plumage.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
As soon as New York harbor was cleared, Dr. Bird charted the course.
"The Solar Magnet" by Sterner St. Paul Meek
And always Yellow Bird has been my fairy, Peter.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
Have made a good clear photograph of some wild bird, the bird image to be over one half inch in length on the negative.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
Larks, a feeble race of birds, rise higher in the air than any rapacious bird, and this is often a cause of safety.
"The Industries of Animals" by Frédéric Houssay
The Dabchick, as this bird is called, is the most evenly distributed bird of this family.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed

In poetry:

You stinker.
You worse than a carrion-crow.
Reeking dung-mouth.
You love-bird.
"Bibbles" by D H Lawrence
Silly little bird,
Singing of its love,
Sang and never heard
Winds of wrath above.
"Winds Of Wrath" by Gamaliel Bradford
When you are out with your
Playmates at play,
Make it as merry as
Bird songs in May.
"Industry in Children. Proverb 22:6" by Frank Barbour Coffin
"Am I a bullfinch,
To sing
Day in and day out?"
- "Even if you can't,
My bird, sing!
"Conversation With A Genius" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
O, singer in brown!
O, bird o' th' morn!
O, heart of delight
In th' deep o' th' thorn!
"O Singer in Brown" by Dame Mary Gilmore DBE
Love has a gray bird
That flutters down;
A dove that comes flying
Saying the same thing.
"Pink Rose-Petals" by Hilda Conkling

In news:

Today's video is a beautiful, peaceful, bird watching experience by local photographer Bob Greene, Jr. All of the birds are gorgeous.
The migration of birds in Minnesota: New birds you'll start seeing, birds that may spend more time here, and some birds that are moving out of the state.
Late summer monsoon rains bring the greatest number and diversity of bird species to Tucson and Southern Arizona, one of the premier bird -watching regions in the United States.
Summer birding along the coast can seem slow but there are birds to be seen and as the weeks slip by the scene will change.
Backyard birding is a great way to get the kids outside and learning more about the beautiful birds in your area.
The Sarpy County bird count, an annual inventory of migratory birds passing through the area, was held Saturday in several locations throughout the county.
If you're looking for numbers on a daily bird trip, you have to include the common "yard birds " like European starling, mockingbird, robin, house sparrow, etc.
Updated Sunday, Sep 16, 2012, at 6:52 a.m. One of four species of black bird s in Kansas, Brewer's black bird s are common fall and winter residents migrating in primarily from northern prairies.
From 2009 to 2011, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center conducted a census known as the Rusty Blackbird Blitz to learn more about the bird's wintering sites.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo producers Yellow Bird - following a management buyout by Yellow Bird Pictures managing director Oliver Schundler.
In addition to a hunting license, a migratory game bird stamp ($7) is required to hunt any migratory game bird (including mourning dove).
Bird-watchers in Massachusetts are seeing what is expected to be an invasion of hungry birds flocking to the region.
A Tuba City man has pleaded guilty to violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act by selling golden-eagle and other bird parts.
Tug Coker wears short shorts as Larry Bird in Magic/Bird.
Bird-B-Gone, Inc is the world's largest manufacturer of professional grade bird deterrents.

In science:

In Biology, Eq. (6) may model the changes in the population of a species in some geographically-limited region, assuming that it has an effective growth rate Γ and is sub jected to recurrent immigration and punctual massive emigrations: e.g., the case of many birds, swallows or flamingos among others.
Monotonous continuous-time random walks with drift and stochastic reset events
Also spacings between perching birds and between bus arrival times at stops in certain cities seem to obey (β = 2) random matrix spacing statistics.
Particle Systems with Repulsion Exponent \beta\ and Random Matrices
Bird et al conducted a study the level bias of techniques to locate bug fixes in code base.
The (Un)Reliability of NVD Vulnerable Versions Data: an Empirical Experiment on Google Chrome Vulnerabilities
BIRD, R.T. 1941. A dinosaur walks into the museum.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
Birds are phylogenetically closer to sauropods, and some birds (e.g.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs