Bird Vocabulary

Bird type: Seagull

Names in English for the most popular varieties.

BIRD (pronounced – bəːd) Noun

  1. A warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrate animal distinguished by the possession of feathers, wings, a beak, and typically by being able to fly. i.e. The valley is teeming with bird life. Synonym: fowl.
  2. British (informal) – A young woman or a man’s girlfriend.
BIRDS albatross blue-tit
budgerigar buzzard canary
cock / rooster comorant crane
crow dove duck
eagle falcon finch
flamingo gannet goldfinch
goose grouse gull
heron house-martin kingfisher
lap-wing lark love-bird
nuthatch ostrich owl
parakeet parrot partridge
peacock petrel pheasant
pidgeon quail robin
sandpiper seagull sparrow
starling stork swallow
swan swift thrush
vulture wren woodpecker

Some Interesting Facts About Birds (courtesy of the MSPCA – About Birds)

The chicken is the closest living relative to the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Many birds kept as pets, including doves, parakeets, and lovebirds, enjoy living in pairs for companionship.

The smallest bird egg belongs to the hummingbird and is the size of a pea.

The largest bird egg, from which the ostrich hatches, is the size of a cantaloupe.

A bird’s eye takes up about 50 percent of its head; our eyes take up about 5 percent of our head. To be comparable to a bird’s eyes, our eyes would have to be the size of baseballs.

The penguin is the only bird that can swim, but not fly. It is also the only bird that walks upright.

Owls turn their heads almost 360º (a complete circle) but they cannot move their eyes.

Chickens have over 200 distinct noises they make for communicating.

When it comes to birds, the males tend to have the more glamorous feather shape, coloration, songs, and dances. Female birds choose their mate based on how attractive they find them!

It is estimated that one-third of all bird owners turn on a radio for their pet when they leave the house.

According to National Geographic, scientists have an answer for the age-old dispute over which came first, the chicken or the egg. Reptiles were laying eggs thousands of years before chickens appeared. The first chicken came from an egg laid by a bird that was not quite a chicken. Therefore, the egg came first.

The first bird domesticated by humans was the goose.

Kiwi birds are blind, so they hunt by smell.

Some breeds of chickens can lay colored eggs. The Ameraucana and Araucana can lay green or blue eggs.

The common phrase: “eat like a bird” should mean something quite different! Many birds eat twice their weight in food each day. In fact, a bird requires more food in proportion to its size than a baby or a cat.

A group of larks is called an exaltation, a group of chickens is called a peep, a group of geese is called a gaggle, a group of ravens is called a murder, and a group of owls is called a parliament.

Chickens that lay brown eggs have red ear lobes. There is a genetic link between the two.

Crows have the largest cerebral hemispheres (brains), relative to body size, of any avian family.

Mockingbirds can imitate many sounds, from a squeaking door to a cat meowing.

Complementary Content:

Birds – Cornell Edu.
All About Birds.
National Geographic – Pictures of Birds.