Bird Idioms

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush: It’s better to keep what you already have than to risk everything for something better.

Bird’s-eye view: Looking down on the subject.

A little bird told me: Someone told me that…

An early bird: An individual who arrives before he’s supposed to.

Be like a bird in a gilded cage: This expression is used when someone has a fairly wealthy life with all the early comforts, but does not have happiness and/or freedom.

Bird in one’s bosom: Oath of faith.

My heart is like a singing bird.

Bird watcher: A man (typically) who likes watching women passing by.

Bird-dog: This can mean one of two things; stealing another guy’s girlfriend, or following someone around (to make sure they do their job, for example).

Birds of a feather flock together: People with similar taste and beliefs usually come together.

Early bird catches the worm: Someone who acts before everyone else and finds success (the worm).

Fine feathers make fine birds: Pretty clothes make someone appear beautiful.

Flip someone the bird: Give someone the middle finger. This is a U.S. idiom.

For the birds: Not important.a

Ghetto bird: A police helicopter.

It’s an ill bird that fouls its own nest: Only stupidity or treachery could make someone do ill things to himself or his environment.

Odd, rare or strange bird: A peculiar individual.

The birds and the bees: An euphemism for sex.

Bird-brain: Someone who is not very bright.

The bird has flown: He or she has escaped or vanished.

Bird of passage: An individual who moves a lot.

Bird of one’s own brain: One’s idea.

Birds in their little nests agree: If you’re living together with other people, you should make an effort to get along.

I'm youth, I'm joy, I'm a little bird.

Eat like a bird: To eat only a very small portion of food.

Free as a bird: Free and without limitations.

Kill two birds with one stone: Solve two problems with one solution.

Words that Start with Bird

Birdbath: A basin with water for our avian friends.

Birdbrain: A foolish person.

Birdcage: A cage for our avian friends. Can also be used as metaphor; for example: your job is your birdcage.

Birdcall: The noises that birds make for different purposes.

Birddog: Dogs that are trained to catch our sky-dwelling friends.

Birdfarm: An aircraft carrier.

Birdfeed: Food for… well, you get the idea.

Birdhouse: A small house (really a box) for our flying companions.

Birdie: Cute way of saying it.

Birdlife: The birds that live in a specific place. Similar to wildlife.

The soul has illusions as the bird has wings.

Birdlike: Like a bird.

Birdlime: A sticky material used to trap our sky-dwelling friends.

Birdman: The name of a famous American rapper, but can also mean aviator or an ornithologist.

Birdseed: A seed for… you get the idea.

Birdshot: Pellets for shotguns, typically to shoot birds.

Birdsong: The singing sounds that our avian friends make.

Birdwatch: Wildlife observation.