Definition of death bird in US English:

death bird

noun

  • 1An owl or other bird, the sight or sound of which is said to herald a death; especially the barn owl, Tyto alba.

  • 2Any other real or imaginary bird (or other flying creature) associated with death.

Origin

Mid 18th century. From death + bird.

Pronunciation

death bird

/ˈdɛθ bəːd/