New Word: A Little Bird

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New Word #131

There are many misconceptions about birds. If one wants to describe a person who eats very little, one would say, “eat like a bird.” However birds eat a lot since it has to eat enough to provide energy for its wing flapping flights. There’s another saying, “one stone two birds.” However, how can one hit two birds with one stone? That’s impossible to achieve. I mean that’s a goal narcissistic parents designed to torture their children. Also little birds don’t look aggressive to us, but they routinely raid other birds’ nests and eat their babies on YouTube. And of course the biggest misconception is the phrase “love birds”, which is used to describe lovers. However birds are not better lovers than other creatures. Actually male birds are better husbands than other males in the animal kingdom, but you never hear people say, “he is such a good husband that he is like a bird.”

Birdlike Creatures But Not Really Bird

  • wyvern: a winged two-legged dragon with a barbed tail in some medieval tales
  • pterosaur: a fossil flying reptile of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, with membranous wings supported by a greatly lengthened fourth finger.
  • Pegasus: a winged horse in Greek mythology

Bird Related Illness

  • Bird Flue or Avian Influenza: Strains of the influenza virus that primarily infect birds, but can also infect humans.
  • Ornithophobia: fear of birds

Name Of Birds

  • mythical bird
    • chanticleer: a name given to a rooster, especially in fairy tales.
    • phoenix: a unique bird that lived in the Arabian desert, after this time burning itself on a funeral pyre and rising from the ashes with renewed youth to live through another cycle.
  • flightless bird
    • ostrich: a flightless swift-running African bird
    • emu: a large flightless fast-running Australian bird
    • penguin: a large flightless seabird of the southern hemisphere
    • cassowary: a very large flightless bird related to the emu. It has a blue neck and it lives in New Guinea
  • bird of prey: hawk, osprey, owl, vulture
  • showy birds
    • peacock
    • bird of paradise: It is named for its resemblance to the showy forest birds known as birds-of-paradise.

Bird Cries

tweet, twitter, cheep, chirp, squawk

Other Bird Related Words

  • bird nest soup: a soup made with the nest of a swiftlet ( a bird) that builds it using a glutinous secretion from its salivary glands.
  • bird cage: An aviary is a large enclosure for confining birds in a zoo.

Bird Unrelated Words And Phrases

  • birdie: a score of one stroke under par at a hole.
  • a little bird told me: used to say that the speaker knows something but prefers to keep the identity of the informant a secret.
  • Birds of a feather flock together: a common group of similar members
  • The early bird catches the worm: It emphasizes the importance of starting something early to maximize the potential outcome
  • night owl: one who is more active or productive at night

12 thoughts on “New Word: A Little Bird

  1. Thank you for your information about birds. When people call you a chicken, they say you aren’t brave, but the opposite is true. The chicken is a very courageous bird. The Romans used to honor them for their courage, and they believed the birds carried messages from the gods.

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    1. Yes, I think so too. Birds are very courageous and deserve the respect from Romans and the rest of the people. So true. Chicken is always related with “chicken out” or something cowardly like that, but actually chickens are great animals.

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