One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A birdwatcher.‘there has been one confirmed sighting by a respected birdo’
- ‘This Melbourne writer is a true birdo.’
- ‘It's fascinating stuff, especially of you're an ornithologist or a birdo, as we say in Australia.’
- ‘What do you call a birdo?’
- ‘A professor at the University of California in Los Angeles, he is a physiologist, a birdo, and now a geographer.’
- ‘Steve has been a birdo since he was a child, and he tells us how it happened.’
- ‘She was born in 1918, worked in army intelligence, and is a birdo.’
- ‘I remember one birdo who seriously lamented the fact that his 600th bird had been a barn swallow, a bird he regarded as an interloper, a European vagrant to Australia.’
- ‘I don't think there are really any more birds, just more birdos identifying rare species.’
- ‘The practice has only become an issue in recent years because today there are more birdos with more tape recorders.’
- ‘The crowd of hopeful birdos attests to the number of twitchers in Melbourne.’
1950s: abbreviation of birdwatcher + -o.
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