the lofty nest of a bird of prey, such as a hawk or eagle
With two flaps of her muscular wings, Liberty launched herself from the
Though it looks similar to
aerie — also sometimes spelled
eyrie — appears to be etymologically unrelated. It comes from the Latin word, with a number of variant spellings, for the nest of a bird of prey.
pertaining to or characteristic of birds
From flocks of white pelicans and storks soaring over Beirut’s seafront to diminutive herons nesting in built-up neighbourhoods, Lebanese social media are capturing
avian beauty normally witnessed only by astute birdwatchers in remote areas.
Avis is Latin for "bird."
a building where birds are kept
Specifically, the live views feature their fan-favorite sea otter tank, their kelp forest tank, bird
aviary, penguins, open sea tank, jellyfish tanks and live views of the Monterey Bay, which surrounds the aquarium.
young bird that has just become capable of flying
Soon his prize appeared: a
fledgling South Philippine dwarf kingfisher, about three weeks old.
Fledge originates in
fleugan, the German verb "to fly."
Fledgling is often applied to brand new businesses or other ventures that are just getting off the ground.
a group of birds
flocks of white pelicans and storks soaring over Beirut’s seafront to diminutive herons nesting in built-up neighbourhoods, Lebanese social media are capturing avian beauty normally witnessed only by astute birdwatchers in remote areas.
Flock is an Old English word that refers to a group of birds, or sheep, or some other animals. It's also used to refer to some religious congregations, in keeping with the image of a pastor as a shepherd.
grow under conditions that promote development
From June to the end of July, eggs are pulled from earthen mounds and taken to be
the periodic passage of groups of animals
The scientists measured the monarchs’ wings, because larger, more elongated wings are known to help with
the branch of zoology that studies birds
This method “is the gold standard in the field of
ornithology to survey birds,” says Valerie Steen, an ecologist at the University of Rhode Island, who was not involved in the new study.
Any time you see a word ending in
-ology, which you'll see in the names of many scientific and medical fields, you know it has Greek origins.
Ornis is Greek for "bird."
an elevated place serving as a seat
perches quietly and darts invisibly from
perch,” Dr. Kennedy’s bird guide warns.
the covering of feathers on a bird
A small, brightly coloured finch with black and buff
plumage, a red face and gold flashes on the wings.
Pluma means "feather" in Latin. An old-fashioned quill pen was known as a
plume, which is still the French word for "feather." This gives us the expression
nom de plume, meaning "pen name" or "pseudonym," a fake name used by writers who wish to remain anonymous.
a carnivorous bird that hunts other animals
Spring migration also means
raptor migration, and hawks, eagles, falcons, vultures, and other birds of prey are currently on their way up.
a perch on which birds or bats rest or sleep
Sandpipers scurry across the soft earth by mangroves, flying in from their high-tide
roosts to feed.
Roost is a Germanic word, originally meaning the internal framework of a roof. Chickens and other domestic birds would perch on these structures at night, so
roost became both a high place that a bird sits and the act of doing so.
Rooster comes directly from this.
a sharp hooked claw especially on a bird of prey
In a second he was flying upward again, a mouse in his
Talus means "ankle" in Latin, and
talonem, meaning "heel" or "hoof," derived from that. In English it refers to the claws of raptors: birds of prey who live in aeries.