Definition of songbird in English:

songbird

noun

  • 1A bird with a musical song.

    • ‘For example, weather during the breeding season and storm frequency during migration might be related to the same climatic factors, both of which could affect songbird numbers.’
    • ‘In Chapter 1, the author introduces the robin as America's most well-known songbird: ‘It is as American as apple pie, baseball, and the Stars and Stripes.’’
    • ‘Parallels between human and songbird phonological development have led to the use of songbirds as a model for speech development in humans.’
    • ‘Anything to avoid another night listening to Jennifer's account of how she catalogued every songbird in Ambridge on the website that day.’
    • ‘At first glance, you might wonder why any forest songbird should be in jeopardy.’
    • ‘Only a few shorebirds linger now, and our songbirds are rapidly deserting us for more productive feeding areas to the south.’
    • ‘The other black songbird I had not seen well until this afternoon.’
    • ‘The Black-capped Chickadee, a resident cavity-nesting songbird, is known to breed in fragmented and otherwise disturbed habitats.’
    • ‘We examined nest-patch vegetation of the Golden - cheeked Warbler, a federally endangered migratory songbird.’
    • ‘These results provide experimental confirmation that conspecific attraction occurs in at least one territorial songbird.’
    • ‘Take the case of the coastal California gnatcatcher, a diminutive, grayish blue songbird with a home range limited to coastal southern California and northwestern Baja California, Mexico.’
    • ‘These tours are the best opportunity to view this endangered songbird, since Kirtland's warbler nesting areas in northern Michigan are closed and posted against public entry during the nesting season.’
    • ‘A species of territorial songbird colonizes a vacant region to which there is no further immigration.’
    • ‘A recent study of a North American songbird, the Red-eyed Vireo, provides some support for this hypothesis.’
    • ‘Human beings suffered terribly, as did songbird populations, old-growth forests, fur seal colonies, and fragile watersheds.’
    • ‘Cowbird removals are used in management of several endangered species of songbird.’
    • ‘Suddenly, one lonely songbird pierced the wall of silence with a stunning serenade.’
    • ‘Our results demonstrate that our model area-sensitive songbird, the Eastern Yellow Robin, experienced relative food shortage in the breeding season in small vs. large fragments.’
    • ‘Pygmy Nuthatches are one of only a few cooperatively breeding songbirds in North America.’
    • ‘Then, just as I made out the outline of a small brown songbird, the whole flock took to the air again and disappeared over a rise.’
  • 2Ornithology
    A perching bird of an advanced group distinguished by having the muscles of the syrinx attached to the bronchial semirings; an oscine passerine.

    • ‘Passeriformes is divided into two suborders; most of these birds are Passerii, oscine songbirds.’
    • ‘Because of their complex songs and specialized neural pathways for learning them, songbirds, or oscines, have been favored subjects of study among scientists.’
    • ‘But the physical part of the syrinx in small songbirds is kind of similar from one bird to the next.’
    • ‘In such trees the oscine songbirds were separated from suboscines, and they are usually the first avian branch (although the rest of the tree was virtually unchanged).’
    • ‘All extant European songbirds belong to the oscines, which are assumed to have arisen on the Australian continental plate.’
  • 3informal A female singer.

    ‘the title track is the kind of tune any Nashville songbird could do’
    • ‘On Saturday night Mark, Paul, Simon and I went to see songbird Martina Topley-Bird at the Carling Islington Academy.’
    • ‘Bolton Hospice Lottery is officially launched by Bolton songbird Hannah Morris, and a very special grandmother.’
    • ‘Well, the ex- ‘American Idol’ contestant almost went from songbird to jailbird.’
    • ‘And Zambian music fans have shown just how popular the songbird Angela Nyirenda has continued to be.’
    • ‘I am a new York secretary by day, sexy songbird by night.’
    • ‘And Colombian songbird Shakira is out with a new video.’
    • ‘American Idol songbird Kimberley Locke takes the stage at 1 a.m. today, followed by Deborah Cox at 1 a.m.’
    • ‘But, rather than mope, the plucky Canadian songbird decided to make the most of it.’
    • ‘So Foster's got this vaguely martyr-like songbird persona she's working, and sometimes the devious witch bit sticks out too, as on ‘Crackerjack Fool’.’
    • ‘Meanwhile Thom Yorke, the thinking woman's songbird of choice, joins her on This Mess We're In, an affecting duet which could be Bends-era Radiohead and which Harvey wrote especially for him.’
    • ‘The many Listowel fans of songbird Peggy Sweeney will be delighted to know that she has just released a new CD for the New Year.’
    • ‘I could also kick myself for not getting to NHK Hall for the concert by super songbird Sarah Brightman.’
    • ‘Move over Brit-pop, and bring on another depressive songbird accompanied by an acoustic guitar.’
    • ‘Based in Austin, Texas, this songbird spent years in obscurity before this debut.’
    • ‘Good luck to Celine Dion, who is putting down her microphone to try to have a little Canadian songbird of her own.’
    • ‘For those who just walked into this movie, Jolie Holland is a San Francisco-based alt-country songbird who quietly burst on the scene with the chimerical field recording of 2003's Catalpa.’
    • ‘Music is the bridge between the old Italian saloon singer and the barefoot Canadian songbird.’
    • ‘It was not until a certain jet-black-haired songbird had the courage to step forward and let the world know she suffered from this debilitating affliction that I knew I too could stand tall, gassy burning throat and all.’
    • ‘In the late '60s, Sparro had been a folky four-octave songbird with a cult following, not that any of his albums ever charted.’
    • ‘Then there was the time that I just happened to catch Ken rushing to the Las Vegas airport in the wee hours of the morning after tending to the spectacular backstage strands of songbird Celine Dion.’

Pronunciation

songbird

/ˈsôNGˌbərd//ˈsɔŋˌbərd/