bird·​song | \ ˈbərd-ˌsȯŋ How to pronounce birdsong (audio) \

Definition of birdsong

: the song of one or more birds

Examples of birdsong in a Sentence

The forest was filled with birdsong.
Recent Examples on the Web After analyzing and compiling the data, researchers found a decline in diversity and intensity of birdsong in both continents in the past 25 years, meaning that the soundscapes have gone quieter with less variety in songs. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Nov. 2021 Turn on a story mode setting and luxuriate in virtual forest views and birdsong. Laken Brooks, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 The album’s opener sounds like an automaton scanning the wild, intertwining Tirzah’s filtered voice with computerized vocals and birdsong. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 5 Oct. 2021 The birdsong here is absolutely incredible, especially in the summer. Olivia Morelli, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Sep. 2021 To do so, the team examined the songs of five different mockingbirds; three were recorded in the field in mid-spring, and two others came from a publicly available birdsong database (Xeno-canto). Jennifer Ouellette, Wired, 23 July 2021 The kids were riding bikes and visiting a neighbor’s pet rabbit, and the air was full of birdsong. Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker, 14 Aug. 2021 The short, atmospheric outdoor films that resulted combine the primal force of dance, the rawness and poignancy of the outdoors, and what filmmaking can do with time, space and sound: slow motion, close-ups, the use of wind and birdsong. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2021 Using devices more typically attached to trees in a rain forest to capture birdsong, Martin recorded the sounds of the intersection, then ran them through Google’s Chrome Music Lab to create spectrograms. Washington Post, 20 July 2021

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First Known Use of birdsong

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of birdsong was in 1896

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9 Nov 2021

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“Birdsong.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of birdsong

: the song of a bird or of many birds

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