song·​bird | \ ˈsȯŋ-ˌbərd How to pronounce songbird (audio) \

Definition of songbird

1a : a bird that utters a succession of musical tones
b : an oscine bird
2 : a female singer

Examples of songbird in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Captive breeding of songbirds has sprung up as a backyard industry. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, "Bought for a Song: An Indonesian Craze Puts Wild Birds at Risk," 18 Apr. 2020 The tiny, insect-eating, songbirds migrate between their breeding grounds in eastern North America and their winter home in the Andes. Sarah Lazarus, CNN, "The Guam rail was extinct in the wild for nearly 40 years. Now it's back.," 19 Dec. 2019 Alas for him, the Canadian songbird Justin Bieber long ago became a poster child for a loathsome white pop star: boy band-shallow and preternaturally inclined toward brand extension and cultural appropriation. Chris Jones,, "Review: A white rapper seeking urban street cred? Fearless, funny ‘P.Y.G.' dives right in," 11 Nov. 2019 The carcasses of their kills provide an important food source for a host of wild animals including California condors, gray foxes, myriad species of insects and songbirds that eat them. Los Angeles Times, "Southern California mountain lions get temporary endangered species status," 16 Apr. 2020 Northeast birders, meanwhile, flock to Cape May National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey to see songbirds and shorebirds. Popular Science, "How to start birding in any US city," 18 Mar. 2020 The bear then emerged from forest and sauntered up to a metal water dish, kept full in summer for migratory songbirds. Tom Stienstra,, "Tracking a bear through the snow on Christmas week," 25 Dec. 2019 With the correct approach, a commercial or even homemade feeder can attract songbirds, ground-feeding, and perching birds all year-round. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Keys to Attracting More Birds to Backyard Feeders," 8 Apr. 2020 Two of the newfound animals are leaf warblers that belong to a group of small, insect-eating songbirds that live across the Old World. National Geographic, "10 new birds discovered in 'lost world'," 9 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of songbird

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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29 May 2020

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“Songbird.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of songbird

: a bird that produces a series of musical sounds : a bird that sings especially in an appealing way
chiefly US, somewhat old-fashioned : a female singer


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Kids Definition of songbird

: a bird that produces a series of usually musical sounds

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