songbird

noun
song·​bird | \ˈsȯŋ-ˌbərd \

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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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 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 The supporter, or the object holding up the shield, is a songbird with open wings. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "All the Poignant Symbolism in Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s Coat of Arms," 29 May 2018 The songbird builds nests from the bark of mature Ashe juniper trees, which had covered parts of the property where the apartments are being built. John Tedesco, San Antonio Express-News, "City says developer who clear cut trees was following rules," 29 June 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

: a female singer

songbird

noun
song·​bird | \ˈsȯŋ-ˌbərd \

Kids Definition of songbird

: a bird that produces a series of usually musical sounds

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