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Bird behaviour

alight

verb

if a bird, insect, or other flying creature alights on something, it flies onto it and stops there

beat

verb

if a bird or insect beats its wings, or if its wings beat, it hits them together several times

brood

verb

if a bird broods, it sits on its eggs until the young birds are born

caw

verb

when crows (=large black birds) caw, they make a loud unpleasant sound

chatter

verb

if birds, animals, or machines chatter, they make short high noises

cheep

verb

if a bird cheeps, it makes short high sounds

chirp

verb

when a bird or an insect chirps, it makes a short high sound

coo

verb

to make the soft low sound that birds such as doves and pigeons make

cry

verb

if an animal or bird cries, it makes a loud noise

flap

verb

if a bird’s wings flap, or if the bird flaps them, they move quickly up and down

flutter

verb

if a bird or insect flutters its wings, or if its wings flutter, the wings make short, quick, light movements up and down

flutter

verb

if a bird or insect flutters somewhere, it moves by making short, quick, light movements with its wings

fly

verb

to use wings to move through the air

hatch

verb

if a baby bird, fish, insect etc hatches or is hatched, it comes out of its egg and is born

homing instinct

noun

if an animal or bird has a homing instinct, it is able to find its way home across long distances

hop

verb

if a bird or animal hops, it uses both or all feet to jump forward

hop

noun

a short quick jump by a small animal, such as a rabbit, or a bird

hover

verb

if a bird, insect, or aircraft hovers, it keeps itself in the same position in the air

migrate

verb

if a bird or animal migrates, it travels to another part of the world for warmer weather at a particular time of the year

molt

the American spelling of moult

moult

verb

if an animal or bird moults, it loses its outer layer of skin, fur, feathers etc so that a new layer can replace it

nest

verb

if a bird nests, it builds or uses a nest, especially to keep its eggs and babies in

peck

verb

when a bird pecks, it moves its beak quickly forward to hit or bite something

peck

noun

the quick movement of a bird’s beak as it hits or eats something

perch

verb

if a bird perches on something, or if it is perched on it, it is resting there for a time

preen

verb

if a bird or animal preens or preens itself, it cleans and arranges its feathers or fur with its beak or tongue

roost

verb

when birds or bats roost, they go somewhere to rest or sleep

ruffle

verb

used about birds

sing

verb

if a bird sings, it makes musical sounds

stroke

noun

a single complete movement of a bird’s wings during flight

talk

verb

if a bird talks, it produces sounds like words

twitter

verb

if a bird twitters, it makes a high singing sound

warble

verb

if a bird warbles, it sings continuously but with notes that change frequently

wing

verb

to fly

be on the wing

if a bird or insect is on the wing, it is flying

take wing

to fly away

infobesity

the condition of continually consuming large amounts of information, especially when this has a negative effect on a person's well-being and ability to concentrate

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