Definition of bird call in US English:

bird call


  • 1A note uttered by a bird for the purpose of contact, alarm, or marking its territory.

    • ‘The occasional bird call darts through the foliage into the cool tropical air, but on a still night the silence is audible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was utterly, silent, too - no bird calls or insect chirrups disturbed the sandy desert.’
    • ‘Tapes of bird calls are helpful for those who want to learn the sounds of local birds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Muted maracas shake, didgeridoos blow, and bird calls squawk.’
    • ‘Their lips were centimetres apart when a loud bird call came from the balcony.’
    • ‘Have you seen the motion sensitive birds that chirp and wiggle with their actual bird call.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Only the rare bird call broke the sudden silence now that everyone had disappeared inside.’
    • ‘A thick forest surrounded the countryside generally alive with bird call and other noises.’
    • ‘‘Frightened bird calls panic the other animals,’ Hall said.’
    • ‘This bird call which is mimicked by children, written about by poets and musically inspired by composers has it's place in nature.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As they began to spread out, a bird call broke the silence from the opposite side of the clearing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Complete with bird calls, the balalaika orchestra brings off an impressionistic piece with free rhythmic passages in a haze of tremolos’
    • ‘Canary creates a spectrogram, or visual representation of each bird call.’
    • ‘I heard a bird call, then a group of bandits yelled as they came crashing out from the bushes.’
    1. 1.1 An instrument imitating a bird call, used especially by hunters.
      • ‘Crafted of solid brass and birchwood, this very versatile little birdcall whistle will surprise you with its ultra-realistic sounds!’
      • ‘I believe he is in Illinois and I know he has a company that does the bird calls (and other hunting calls.’
      • ‘Supporters counter that it is no more unfair than using bird calls and decoys to attract birds or using baited hooks to catch fish.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘New Agers of either sex will have collections full of warbling pan pipes, waterfalls and bird calls.’


bird call

/ˈbərd ˌkôl/