One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The characteristic cry of a bird.
- ‘Tapes of bird calls are helpful for those who want to learn the sounds of local birds.’
- ‘You could believe that someone had miscued the CD or forgotten the bird call.’
- ‘Though these usually manifest themselves in communications (as do bird calls or scent markings in other species), they exist as factors in the ecological landscape that shape behavior.’
- ‘As they began to spread out, a bird call broke the silence from the opposite side of the clearing.’
- ‘A thick forest surrounded the countryside generally alive with bird call and other noises.’
- ‘Muted maracas shake, didgeridoos blow, and bird calls squawk.’
- ‘Complete with bird calls, the balalaika orchestra brings off an impressionistic piece with free rhythmic passages in a haze of tremolos’
- ‘This bird call which is mimicked by children, written about by poets and musically inspired by composers has it's place in nature.’
- ‘As the moon was waxing and a nasty storm had just moved through, I was sitting near an open window about 8pm when I heard it… a distinctive bird call not like the usual night birds I hear.’
- ‘Now your friend, Michael Pestel, who was there with you that morning, with a collection of instruments, he explained to you that there's a difference between bird calls and birdsong.’
- ‘We had left the woods and were walking on the other side of the fence bordering the park when we heard an unfamiliar bird call.’
- ‘Their lips were centimetres apart when a loud bird call came from the balcony.’
- ‘It was utterly, silent, too - no bird calls or insect chirrups disturbed the sandy desert.’
- ‘‘Frightened bird calls panic the other animals,’ Hall said.’
- ‘Canary creates a spectrogram, or visual representation of each bird call.’
- ‘The occasional bird call darts through the foliage into the cool tropical air, but on a still night the silence is audible.’
- ‘Only the rare bird call broke the sudden silence now that everyone had disappeared inside.’
- ‘In the distance I hear a bird call, a car driving by with loud bass, and some kids yelling and laughing in the playground down the street.’
- ‘Have you seen the motion sensitive birds that chirp and wiggle with their actual bird call.’
- ‘I heard a bird call, then a group of bandits yelled as they came crashing out from the bushes.’
- 1.1 An instrument imitating a bird's characteristic cry, used especially by hunters.
- ‘Supporters counter that it is no more unfair than using bird calls and decoys to attract birds or using baited hooks to catch fish.’
- ‘New Agers of either sex will have collections full of warbling pan pipes, waterfalls and bird calls.’
- ‘Students were carving birds, making bird calls (this was a surprisingly big group), making leather bracelets, candles, and glass jewelery, as well as doing some pottery.’
- ‘I believe he is in Illinois and I know he has a company that does the bird calls (and other hunting calls.’
- ‘Crafted of solid brass and birchwood, this very versatile little birdcall whistle will surprise you with its ultra-realistic sounds!’
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