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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Living legends are rare birds, but Robert Morgenthau richly deserved the moniker. Preet Bharara, Time, "Preet Bharara on Robert Morgenthau, Justice Seeker," 21 July 2019 The explosive growth in mice has attracted burrowing owls, who not only eat the mice but also prey upon the storm-petrels, a rare bird with a declining population. Laura Newberry, latimes.com, "The U.S. wants to dump 1.5 tons of rat poison on the Farallon Islands. Biologists say it’s for the best," 7 July 2019 At Tettegouche State Park, look for falcons and other rare birds that come to nest. Kristi Valentini, Woman's Day, "These Summer Vacation Spots Are the Hidden Gems of the Midwest," 25 June 2019 On May 31, the Queensland government approved Adani’s plan to protect a rare bird, apparently leaving it with just one final regulatory hurdle: approval for its plan to manage groundwater. John Quiggin, Quartz India, "Why is this Indian billionaire splurging on an Australian mine guaranteed to lose money?," 6 June 2019 Each of Mass Audubon’s wildlife sanctuaries fields a team of up to 50 birders and dispatches them to every avian hot spot in the state — from boats off the Cape to the mountaintops of the Berkshires — searching for the rarer birds. Billy Baker, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Bird nerds’ assemble at Mass Audubon’s Bird-a-thon," 4 June 2019 Chloe and Parris Gordon, designers of Beaufille Creating Canada’s answer to The Row, these collaborative sisters and co-founders are the rare birds of Canadian fashion. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Cool Girl’s Guide to Toronto," 27 Dec. 2018 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

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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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