What is bird?

  • (noun): The flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as food.
    Synonyms: fowl
    See also — Additional definitions below


Birds (class Aves) are feathered, winged, bipedal, endothermic (warm-blooded), egg-laying, vertebrate animals. With around 10,000 living species, they are the most speciose class of tetrapod vertebrates. All present species belong to the subclass Neornithes, and inhabit ecosystems across the globe, from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Extant birds range in size from the 5 cm (2 in) Bee Hummingbird to the 2.75 m (9 ft) Ostrich. The fossil record indicates that birds emerged within theropod dinosaurs during the Jurassic period, around 160 million years (Ma) ago. Paleontologists regard birds as the only clade of dinosaurs to have survived the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event 65.5 Ma (million years) ago.

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More definitions of "bird":

  • (noun): Warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings.
  • (verb): Watch and study birds in their natural habitat.
    Synonyms: birdwatch
  • (noun): Badminton equipment consisting of a ball of cork or rubber with a crown of feathers.
    Synonyms: shuttlecock, birdie, shuttle

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    Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience. A rustling in the leaves drives him away.
    Walter Benjamin (1892–1940)