bluebird

Definitions

  • BLUEBIRD
    BLUEBIRD
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bluebird blue North American songbird
    • n bluebird fruit-eating mostly brilliant blue songbird of the East Indies
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bluebirds cannot see the color blue.
    • n Bluebird (Zoöl) A small song bird (Sialia sialis), very common in the United States, and, in the north, one of the earliest to arrive in spring. The male is blue, with the breast reddish. It is related to the European robin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bluebird An American oscine passerine bird, of the genus Sialia, of which blue is the chief color. There are several species. The common or Wilson's bluebird, Sialia sialis, inhabits eastern North America. It is about 6½ inches long, blue above and dull-reddish and white below. In most parts of the United States it is a harbinger of spring, coming with a melodious song. It nests in holes, and lays plain pale-bluish eggs. The western or Mexican bluebird, S. mexicana, is very similar, but has a reddish patch on the back, and the throat blue. The arctic or Rocky Mountain bluebird, S. arctica, is a larger species, of a paler blue than the others, fading into white below, without any red.
    • n bluebird Some other bird of a blue color: as, the fairy bluebird of Java, Irene turcosa.
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Usage

In literature:

Robber Bluebird, The, 251.
"Harper's Young People, 1880 Index" by Various
Blackbirds and bluebirds chatter and chipmunks chirp.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
But there is room in this environment for a definite number of bluebirds.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
The bluebird chants, from the elm's long branches, A hymn to welcome the budding year.
"Poetical Works of William Cullen Bryant" by William Cullen Bryant
The bluebirds and robins had arrived and were singing in the garden.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
The Western Bluebird is as common and familiar in its range as the common Bluebird is in the east.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
Not long after the Bluebird, comes the Robin, sometimes in March, but in most of the northern states April is the month of his arrival.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photograph [March 1897]" by Various
While he ran through the forest his thoughts had drifted again and again to the vision of the bluebird maid.
"The Flute of the Gods" by Marah Ellis Ryan
None of our familiar birds endear themselves to us more than does the bluebird.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
All about her sounded the murmur of bluebirds, which came each year to live in the old trees about Storm.
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
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In poetry:

This roar of storm, this sky so gray and lowering
Invite the airs of Spring,
A warmer sunshine over fields of flowering,
The bluebird's song and wing.
"The Wind Of March" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Go, Winter! Go thy ways! We want again
The twitter of the bluebird and the wren;
Leaves ever greener growing, and the shine
Of Summer's sun--not thine.--
"Go Winter!" by James Whitcomb Riley
I hear the bluebird's call in windy dawns,
The robin's cheery note from dewy fields,
The swallow's cry along the pool at eve,
And I forget, forget the drift of time.
"As One" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
Las' night dey 're passin', de golden plover,
Dis mornin' I’m seein' de bluebird's wing,
So if not'ing go wrong, de winter’s over,
An' not very long till we got de spring.
"Snubbing (Tying-up) The Raft" by William Henry Drummond
Dawn, noon and dewfall! Bluebird and robin
Up and at it airly, and the orchard-blossoms bobbin'!
Peekin' from the winder, half-awake, and wishin'
I could go to sleep agin as well as go a-fishin'!
"Dawn, Noon And Dewfall" by James Whitcomb Riley
They's music in the twitter of the bluebird and the jay,
And that sassy little critter jes' a-peckin' all the day;
They's music in the "flicker," and they's music in the thrush,
And they's music in the snicker o' the chipmunk in the brush!
"Romancin'" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

I knew the bluebirds had a nest of little ones.
A Hogan for the Bluebird .
I read A Hogan for the Bluebird by Ann Crowell to my inner child.
Among the patients she describes are bluebirds , chickadees, Carolina wrens, chimney swifts, phoebes, and a savannah sparrow.
Among the patients she describes are bluebirds , chickadees, Carolina wrens, chimney swifts, phoebes and a savannah sparrow.
Spell and '57 Lesbian due at Pure Sunshine II at the Bluebird .
Sundance Resort and Nashville's Bluebird Café celebrating 10-year anniversary.
Sundance Resort and Nashville's famed Bluebird Café are celebrating the 10th year of bringing renowned singer-songwriters to Sundance Resort thie year.
She bolted along the edge of a brown-gray field and scared up a bluebird .
I did a search for Doyusha Bluebirds , and in the images, most of what I saw on the first page was posted on this thread.
Joe Wales attempts to break the British land speed record in the Bluebird Electric car on August 14, 2011 in Pendine, Wales.
After all, the experts tell us that we're now entering the third year of a glorious economic recovery from the Great Recession, so surely the bluebirds of happiness are chirping again in Dougland.
What killed off the bluebirds is the same greed of moneyed elites that caused the crash.
The public is invited to participate in a " Bluebird Workshop" Sunday, Feb 27 from 1 to 3 pm at the Corps of Discovery Welcome Center, located two miles south of Yankton on Highway 81.
Enjoy refreshments and door prizes while meeting bluebird enthusiasts and local county coordinators.
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