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Species of bird

bantam

noun

a type of small chicken

barn owl

noun

a type of owl with white and brown feathers and a face shaped like a heart

bird of paradise

noun

a brightly coloured bird that lives mainly in New Guinea

blackbird

noun

a type of bird common in Europe and North America. The male is black with an orange beak.

bluebird

noun

a small blue bird found in North America

bluejay

noun

a common blue North American bird with feathers that come to a point at the top of its head

blue tit

noun

a small European bird with a blue head, tail, and wings, and a yellow chest

budgerigar

noun

a small bright blue, green, or yellow bird often kept as a pet. Budgerigars are often called budgies.

budgie

noun

a budgerigar

bullfinch

noun

a small European bird with grey and pink feathers

buzzard

noun

a vulture 1

canary

noun

a small yellow bird that is kept as a pet, known for its beautiful singing

carrier pigeon

noun

a pigeon that has been trained to carry messages

chaffinch

noun

a small bird that is common in Europe and Asia. The male has a red-brown breast and a grey head.

chicken

noun

a bird kept for its eggs and meat. The sound it makes is called clucking. The female chicken is called a hen and the male is called a cock or a rooster. A baby chicken is called a chick.

chook

noun

a chicken

cockatoo

noun

a large light-coloured Australian bird with a crest of feathers on its head. A cockatoo is a type of parrot.

condor

noun

a large black and white bird that lives in South America and eats dead animals

crow

noun

a large black bird that makes a loud sound called cawing

cuckoo

noun

a grey bird that leaves its eggs in other birds’ nests and makes a loud call that sounds like its name

dodo

noun

a large bird that no longer exists and could not fly

dove

noun

a white bird often used as a sign meaning peace

emu

noun

a large Australian bird that has very long legs and cannot fly

finch

noun

a small bird with a short thick beak. There are many types of finch.

flycatcher

noun

a small bird that eats insects by catching them in the air

goldfinch

noun

a small bird with yellow feathers on its wings that is common in Europe

grouse

noun

a large brown bird that lives on the ground and is hunted for its meat

hedge sparrow

noun

a small brown bird that is common in woods in Europe

homing pigeon

noun

a type of bird that can fly home across long distances

hornbill

noun

a tropical bird with a large beak

house martin

noun

a small black-and-white European bird that often lives under roofs

hummingbird

noun

a very small brightly-coloured bird that makes a low continuous noise when it moves its wings

jackdaw

noun

a bird with a black head and a grey body that steals shiny objects. It is a type of crow.

jay

noun

a noisy colourful bird that lives in Europe, Asia, and North America

jaybird

noun

a jay

kiwi

noun

the bird that is the symbol of New Zealand. It has a long thin beak and cannot fly.

kookaburra

noun

an Australian bird that makes a sound like laughter

lapwing

noun

a small European bird with dark feathers, a white breast, and raised feathers on its head. A lapwing is sometimes called a peewit.

lark

noun

a small brown bird that is common in Europe and is known for singing while it flies

linnet

noun

a small brown bird that makes a pleasant sound

lovebird

noun

a small colourful parrot (=a tropical bird with a curved beak)

macaw

noun

a South American bird with a long tail and brightly coloured feathers

magpie

noun

a noisy black and white bird with a long tail

marabou

noun

a large African stork (=bird) with long legs and a long beak

martin

noun

a small bird with long wings and a short tail that flies very fast

meadowlark

noun

a North American bird with a yellow breast, known for its sweet song

mockingbird

noun

a small white and grey North American bird that copies the songs of other birds

mynah bird

noun

a black bird that is often kept as a pet and can copy speech

nightingale

noun

a small bird known for the beautiful way that it sings at night

oriole

noun

a black and yellow bird that lives mainly in Europe, Africa, and Asia

oriole

noun

a North American bird that is black and orange, or yellow

ostrich

noun

a large African bird with a long neck and long legs that runs very fast but cannot fly

owl

noun

a large bird with a big head and eyes and a small sharp beak. Owls hunt small animals at night and make a sound called hooting.

parakeet

noun

a small brightly coloured bird sometimes kept as a pet

parrot

noun

a brightly coloured tropical bird that is often kept as a pet and can be taught to say a few words

partridge

noun

a fat brown bird that is hunted for sport and food

peacock

noun

a large brightly-coloured male bird with long blue-green tail feathers that sometimes spread out and up. The female is called a peahen.

peahen

noun

a large brown bird that is a female peacock

peewit

noun

a small black and white European bird

pheasant

noun

a large bird with a long tail that is hunted for sport and food

pigeon

noun

a brown or grey bird that often lives in cities

pipit

noun

a small bird that makes a musical sound

quail

noun

a small bird that people shoot and eat

raven

noun

a large bird with shiny black feathers

roadrunner

noun

a small brown and white bird with a long tail that runs very fast and lives in deserts in North America

robin

noun

a small brown European bird with a red chest. Robins are often used as a symbol of winter and are often shown on Christmas cards and decorations.

robin

noun

a grey bird with a red chest that lives in North America

rook

noun

a large black European bird that is a type of crow and lives in big noisy groups

skylark

noun

a brown and white European bird that sings while flying

sparrow

noun

a small brown bird that is common in the US and northern Europe

starling

noun

a small European bird with dark shiny feathers

stork

noun

a large bird with long legs and a long beak, said to bring people their new babies

swallow

noun

a small bird whose tail has two points like a fork

swift

noun

a small bird that flies quickly

thrush

noun

a brown bird that has spots on its front

tit

noun

a small bird that is common in Europe

titmouse

noun

a small bird

toucan

noun

a large, brightly coloured bird with a large curved beak that lives in tropical America

turkey

noun

a large bird similar to a chicken that has no feathers on its head and is often eaten at Christmas and Thanksgiving. The sound that turkeys make is called gobbling.

turtle dove

noun

a bird similar to a pigeon that is sometimes used for representing love

vulture

noun

a large bird that eats the bodies of dead animals

wagtail

noun

a small bird with a long tail that quickly moves up and down when the bird walks

woodcock

noun

a small brown bird hunted for food or sport

woodpecker

noun

a bird that makes holes in trees using its long narrow beak

wood pigeon

noun

a type of pigeon that lives mainly in forests

wren

noun

a small brown bird with a short tail that points upwards

yellowhammer

noun

a European bird that has a yellow head and a musical call

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