rare bird

noun

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Examples of rare bird in a Sentence

The little diner is a rare bird in a city full of expensive restaurants.

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But cardinals are rare birds in the city streets, tending to lay low in their apartments, sedans and curial offices. New York Times, "‘Extra’ Cardinals Invade the Vatican (Blessings Not Included)," 9 May 2018 Flocks of the rare birds can often be spotted winging overhead at dawn and dusk. National Geographic, "Africa's Most Endangered Parrot Fighting for Survival," 11 May 2018 Volunteers will help create structurally diverse shrub areas that are crucial to the conservation of rare birds and other wildlife, lab officials said. Joy Davis, Aurora Beacon-News, "Paramount to offer songwriting workshops in Aurora," 3 May 2018 The thief, a champion fly tyer, sold some of the rare bird skins and feathers—altogether potentially worth about $1 million—for use on fly-fishing hooks. Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American, "Debunking Animal Myths, the Truth about Time and Other New Science Books," 1 May 2018 Officials say rare bird species such as bobolinks, grasshopper sparrows, and American kestrels breed on the grassland. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "Historic Cowtown Rodeo's grasslands preserved in $2.6-million deal," 9 Apr. 2018 Just a month or so after a very rare Bullock’s oriole was enjoyed by dozens of birders from North and South Carolina, an even rarer bird showed up at a feeder in a neighborhood near Park Road Park. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Black-headed grosbeak shows up for first time in Mecklenburg County | Charlotte Observer," 21 Mar. 2018 Phase two will add a large, indoor tropical bird habitat and flying area so people can see these rare birds year-round. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "Birds of Prey gets a rare addition and a multimillion-dollar expansion | Idaho Statesman," 12 Mar. 2018 Unable to recover from injuries sustained in eastern Kentucky, the zoo's veterinary staff euthanized the super-rare bird. James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, "Sad ending for whooping crane who was recovering at the Louisville Zoo," 21 Feb. 2018

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1631, in the meaning defined above

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rare bird

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rare bird

: an unusual or uncommon person or thing

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