bird·​song ˈbərd-ˌsȯŋ How to pronounce birdsong (audio)
: the song of one or more birds

Example Sentences

The forest was filled with birdsong.
Recent Examples on the Web Wood thrushes dueled with their melodious birdsong across the bog, sounding like an entire bird choir. Madeline Bodin, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 May 2023 Then Sulzer replaced the birdsongs with human music. Burkhard Bilger, The New Yorker, 27 Mar. 2023 Alsop took a painterly approach to Mahler’s many details — birdsong and bells, dewdrop harps, the lowing moo of a tuba. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2023 There is a soundtrack of birdsong. Calvin Tomkins, The New Yorker, 16 Jan. 2023 The crisis also hits home in subtle, personal ways — withered gardens, receding lakeshores and quiet walks without the birdsong that once accompanied them. New York Times, 9 Mar. 2022 The collection carries individual bird calls as well as a three-minute compilation of all the species, for a unique chorus of birdsong. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 11 Feb. 2022 There’s a dining table, plus a barbecue, a hot tub with views of the vineyard, and the sound of birdsong from all around. Lauren Burvill, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 May 2022 Trails run along both sides of the river there, passing through wetlands and woods filled with birdsong. Chelsey Lewis, Journal Sentinel, 18 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of birdsong was in 1896

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“Birdsong.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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