rare bird

noun

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The little diner is a rare bird in a city full of expensive restaurants.
Recent Examples on the Web Delhiites are now spotting rare birds like gray hornbills and red-throated flycatchers. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: It's amazing how quickly the planet can fix itself during a lockdown," 21 Apr. 2020 Delhiites are now spotting rare birds like gray hornbills and red-throated flycatchers. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: It's amazing how quickly the planet can fix itself during a lockdown," 21 Apr. 2020 Delhiites are now spotting rare birds like gray hornbills and red-throated flycatchers. New York Times, "India Savors a Rare Upside to Coronavirus: Clean Air," 4 Apr. 2020 Conservationists see success in a program to increase the numbers of a rare bird in New Zealand. CNN, "CNN 10 - January 23, 2020," 22 Jan. 2020 Citizen science is helping folks identify plants in their backyard using iNaturalist, find rare birds in their county using Ebird, and precisely predict local weather in remote areas using the Citizen Weather Observer Program. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fifty Things We’ve Learned About the Earth Since the First Earth Day," 22 Apr. 2020 Positively IDing a rare bird gives me a charge that’s probably something like the satisfaction a hunter feels tracking down a wild creature (but with a happier ending), and something like a celebrity sighting. Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, "I Tried Quarantine Birding—and It’s Surprisingly Rewarding," 14 Apr. 2020 Passersby, like ornithologists spotting a rare bird, identify which boat belongs to whom. Kate Holstein, Condé Nast Traveler, "Falling in Love With St. Barts All Over Again," 10 Apr. 2020 In other cases, live eggs or chicks are sold to recipients who hope to raise rare birds in captivity. Dennis Drabelle, Washington Post, "For years, Jeffrey Lendrum was at once an avid outdoorsman and merciless thief. Then he got caught.," 25 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of rare bird

1631, in the meaning defined above

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“Rare bird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rare%20bird. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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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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