from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Plural form of bird.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word birds.


  • Roaming about in the woods with hatchet in hand, like a backwoodsman, followed by a troop of dogs; starting up of birds, snakes, hares and foxes, and examining the various kinds of trees, flowers, and birds’ nests, was at least, a change from the monotonous drag and pull on shipboard.

    Chapter XIX. The Sandwich Islanders-Hide-Curing-Wood-Cutting-Rattle-Snakes-New-Comers 1909

  • I could also give several instances of various birds which have been known occasionally to lay their eggs in other birds’ nests.

    VIII. Instinct. Special Instincts 1909

  • This summer, when you have made friends with these wild birds, and they have let you see their homes and learn their secrets, you will make up your mind that there are no _common birds_; for every one of them has something very uncommon about it, '

    Citizen Bird Scenes from Bird-Life in Plain English for Beginners Elliott Coues 1870

  • (that young birds, _as a rule_, pair together), and it is to some extent supported by the celebrated American observer, Wilson, who strongly insists on the variety in the nests of birds of the same species, some being so much better finished than others; and he believes _that the less perfect nests are built by the younger, the more perfect by the older, birds_.

    Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection A Series of Essays Alfred Russel Wallace 1868

  • Over the highest of the birds is the place where angels float and gather the children's souls as they are set free.

    Mopsa the Fairy 1910

  • When I was 10, it escalated to him taking it into his own hands that he needed to teach me about what he called the birds and the bees. Top Stories 2011

  • I think as long as they use barbless hooks and wet their hands before they handle 'em, hookin 'birds' d be a good sport!

    Skeet Fishing 2009

  • I think as long as they use barbless hooks and wet their hands before they handle 'em, hookin 'birds' d be a good sport!

    Skeet Fishing 2009

  • And face it, killing pretty cooing birds is always going to get a way worse reaction in a telephone survey than killing nasty, scraggly, filthy ole pigs.

    Poll Shows Iowans Oppose Dove Hunting 2009

  • You will need to somehow show that the experiments showing direct correlation of ddt levels in birds to the thickness and strength of their egg shells was invalid.

    Thoughts on Lead Bans 2009


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Today (2/17) in north-central Florida, winter in northern climes, robins, titmice, cedar waxwings, and Carolina wrens were taking it in turns drinking water from a 5-gallon paint bucket that I use to catch rainwater for use in the vegetable garden. My big tomcat drinks from that same bucket too. Thankfully, he observes birds, as I do, and does not hunt them.

    February 17, 2011

  • Yesterday I saw blue jays, cardinals, and a couple of friendly robins... and today I think I saw a cute little chickadee. I hear the Sandhill cranes have started to migrate through, but I haven't seen any of them yet.

    Edit: Grus canadensis are "Sandhill cranes," not "Sandhills cranes."

    February 18, 2011

  • They're coming through already? Wow; that's a little scary.

    February 18, 2011

  • The first Sandhill cranes start arriving in Nebraska around Valentine's Day, but things really pick up in early March.

    February 18, 2011

  • Aha. I must have been thinking about the prime weeks when all the tourists arrive. Thanks, r.

    February 18, 2011

  • WooHoo! A creative celebration of birds here

    April 15, 2011

  • *leaps for joy*

    April 16, 2011