Green and yellow flycatchers flew from their perches, and made erratic sweeps in the air in chase of unwary insects.
Then we'll know he's a carp-fish, 'cause the perches and trouts haven't got feelers.
Then everyone tumbled simultaneously from their perches and hurried to the spot.
This is the bird which perches on the roof of the house at night and calls to-whoo.
Birds don't make their perches on cats' backs, except for very good reasons.
He perches on the cardinal's hat and counsels bigotry and oppression.
The jackdaw flies outside the village and perches on the roof of a cottage.
She goes and perches on the table near Mary, who is staring sadly in front of her.
It was a plot of land on a steep slope, about forty perches in area.
It perches you on a rock; but the swimmer in politics knows what draws the tides.
"where a bird rests," late 13c., originally only "a pole, rod, stick, stake," from Old French perche "unit of linear measurement" (5.5 yards), also "measuring rod, pole, bar" used to measure this length (13c.), from Latin pertica "pole, long staff, measuring rod," related to Oscan perek "pole," Umbrian perkaf "twigs, rods." Meaning "a bar fixed horizontally for a hawk or tame bird to rest on" is attested from late 14c.; this led to general sense of "any thing that any bird alights or rests on" (late 15c.). Figurative sense of "an elevated or secure position" is recorded from 1520s. The "land-measuring rod" sense also was in Middle English (c.1200), hence surviving meaning "measure of land equal to a square lineal perch" (usually 160 to the acre), mid-15c.
"spiny-finned freshwater fish," c.1300, from Old French perche, from Latin perca "perch," from Greek perke "a perch," from PIE root *perk- "speckled, spotted" (cf. Sanskrit prsnih "speckled, variegated;" Greek perknos "dark-colored," perkazein "to become dark"), typically in names of animals.
"to roost," late 14c., from Old French perchier "to sit on a perch" (of a bird), from perche (n.) (see perch (n.1)). Related: Perched; perching.