from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A bird watcher.
  • n. A breeder of birds.
  • n. A hunter of birds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a birdwatcher
  • n. a person who hunts birds

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A birdcatcher.
  • n. a birdwatcher.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bird-catcher; a fowler.
  • n. One who breeds birds.
  • n. A local English name of the wild cat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who identifies and studies birds in their natural habitats


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  • Well, over the years, I have grown more comfortable with the word birder, and have even come to consider myself one, but I still think that there's much more to birding than simply ticking off species on a checklist.

    Archive 2002-03-01

  • According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary 2002, the word birder is a noun dating from the 15th century.

    Archive 2002-03-01

  • Merriam-Webster Online (which suggests that bird watcher be hyphenated) dates its origin to 1905 but does not provide a definition, considering it to be synonymous with its second meaning for the word birder (i.e., a person who birds).

    Archive 2002-03-01

  • In my mind, I associated the word birder with bird lister, someone who's interest was primarily in compiling lists of the birds he or she had seen in a particular year, State, or country.

    Archive 2002-03-01

  • Best known as a birder's paradise, Borolos also hides a hint of history in its serene setting.


  • Now I - and I suspect many of you - consider myself a "birder" albeit a casual one.

    Holy Grails

  • I became an avid shell collector and bird watcher (that was before the term "birder" was coined), and I still enjoy these hobbies.

    Robert F. Furchgott - Autobiography

  • I’m a lesser birder, which is to say I love seeing birds and even learning more about them, but I’m mostly here to stare open-mouthed at the beauty of the world.

    mjh's blog — 2007 — January

  • While I don't consider myself a full-fledged "birder," I do have a keen interest in knowing about the ones that come to my yard, as well as those that I see while hiking here in Colorado.

    Epinions Recent Content for Home

  • An oddball "birder" friend of mine (suddenly she was a genius) off-handedly identified the animal as a wood thrush.



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