Definition of songbird in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɒŋbəːd/


1A bird with a musical song.
Example sentences
  • Only a few shorebirds linger now, and our songbirds are rapidly deserting us for more productive feeding areas to the south.
  • Pygmy Nuthatches are one of only a few cooperatively breeding songbirds in North America.
  • Human beings suffered terribly, as did songbird populations, old-growth forests, fur seal colonies, and fragile watersheds.
2 Ornithology A perching bird of an advanced group distinguished by having the muscles of the syrinx attached to the bronchial semi-rings; an oscine passerine.
Example sentences
  • Passeriformes is divided into two suborders; most of these birds are Passerii, oscine songbirds.
  • But the physical part of the syrinx in small songbirds is kind of similar from one bird to the next.
  • Because of their complex songs and specialized neural pathways for learning them, songbirds, or oscines, have been favored subjects of study among scientists.
3 informal A female singer.
Example sentences
  • Music is the bridge between the old Italian saloon singer and the barefoot Canadian songbird.
  • For those who just walked into this movie, Jolie Holland is a San Francisco-based alt-country songbird who quietly burst on the scene with the chimerical field recording of 2003's Catalpa.
  • It was not until a certain jet-black-haired songbird had the courage to step forward and let the world know she suffered from this debilitating affliction that I knew I too could stand tall, gassy burning throat and all.

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