What is a bird?

You all know what birds are right? If not, I’ll tell you…

A bird is a creature with wings and feathers that can fly (most of them). Some birds can swim, some are meat-eaters, and some eat fruit and seeds. They come in all shapes and sizes from the tiny hummingbird to the enormous ostrich.

FUN FACT: The word ‘bird’ can also be used as a slang term for a woman.​

idioms and expressions about birds

Click on the pictures below to learn some common idioms and expressions with different types of birds. Each idiom includes the meaning and an illustrated real-life example.

bird idioms and expressions
bird idioms - a little bird told me
bird idioms and expressions - as free as a bird
bird idioms and expressions - bird's eye view
bird idioms and expressions - birdbrain
bird idioms - birds of a feather flock together
bird idioms - early bird
bird idioms and expressions - bird and the bees meaning
animal idioms - birds
dodo idioms - as dead as a dodo
crow idioms - as the crow flies
vulture idioms - culture vulture
eagle idioms - eagle-eyed
turkey idioms - go cold turkey
cuckoo idioms - live in cloud cuckoo land
owl idioms - night owl
swallow idioms - one swallow doesn’t make a summer
pidgeon idioms - put the cat among the pigeons
hawk idioms - watch like a hawk
chicken idioms and expressions
chicken idioms and expressions - chicken out
chicken idioms and expressions - spring chicken
duck idioms and phrases
duck idioms - lame duck
duck sayings - lovely weather for ducks
duck phrases - sitting duck
duck phrases - take to something like a duck to water
duck idioms - water off a duck’s back
goose idioms and sayings
goose idioms and sayings - goosebumps
goose idioms and sayings - wild goose chase
goose idioms and sayings - wouldn’t say boo to a goose
swan idioms and sayings
swan idioms and sayings - swan around
swan idioms and sayings - swan in
swan idioms and sayings - swan off
swan idioms and sayings - swansong