songbird

noun
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

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Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn say Gurahoo's attempt to smuggle the live birds from Georgetown, Guyana, through John F. Kennedy International Airport Sunday was not inspired by his love of South-American songbirds. Michael Brice-saddler, courant.com, "Prosecutors: East Hartford man tried to smuggle 34 finches through JFK Airport," 18 June 2019 Knitters and crocheters across the country came together to make something cozy and critical for the survival of these baby songbirds. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Two lovemaking kookaburra birds caused a power outage in Australia," 16 June 2019 On the right side, the heraldic design shows a songbird flanking a blue shield with quills, all surrounded by flowers. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "All the Poignant Symbolism in Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s Coat of Arms," 29 May 2018 The organization acquires and distributes several bird species — excluding eagles — including hawks, falcons, condors, vultures, corvids, songbirds and water birds. Elizabeth Montgomery, azcentral, "USA TODAY NETWORK awards grants to seven Valley groups as part of giving-back initiative," 11 June 2019 Starlings, now venturing into Alaska, are beginning to displace some of our native songbird species. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Some words on birds and their impact on Alaska and the rest of the world," 24 June 2018 Studies have shown that this type of fragmentation can hinder cultural transmission between songbird populations. Robert Lachlan, National Geographic, "This Bird Has Been Singing the Same Song for 1,000 Years," 20 June 2018 Visitors also can watch the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries catch migrating songbirds for weighing and measuring and then releasing them in the Lafitte Woods Preserve. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "NOLA Tricentennial Dog Parade cancelled for rain threat: report," 21 Apr. 2018 The sound of all the songbirds in your immediate area singing all at once is truly impressive. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Keep an eye out for birds in odd places as migrants arrive | Charlotte Observer," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of songbird

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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songbird

noun

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

songbird

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

Kids Definition of songbird

: a bird that produces a series of usually musical sounds

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