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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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 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 The parade of animals ranges from 3,000-pound hippos to Crayola-bright songbirds. Priscilla Eakeley, Town & Country, "The Town & Country Grand Tour," 5 Oct. 2016 While other animals like nocturnal songbirds and sea turtles are known to migrate by Earth’s magnetic fields, the researchers say this is the first reliable evidence that insects can, too. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Magnetic Sense Helps Billions of Moths on an Australian Migration," 21 June 2018 Those little hooks will soon grow into formidable weapons — ideal for dining on fellow avians — from pigeons and ducks to songbirds and hummingbirds. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, "For baby raptors, cuddly names may not fly — UC seeks suggestions," 24 May 2018 Motor City Songbird Festival Folk, roots, blues and Americana songbirds from around the city will celebrate the philanthropic life of Julie Pevos Sias during an all-day concert on the patio behind the Woodward Avenue Brewers. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music: Band Blender at Small's, folk benefit in Ferndale, new album parties," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of songbird

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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