squawking and yelling children swarmed over the flags and rude cobblestones that paved the ways.
squawking birds rose in every direction as they approached, and clouds of gulls circled around crying the alarm.
squawking chickens darted to safety and a flock of geese waddled off hissing their protest.
1821, probably of imitative origin (cf. dialectal Italian squacco "small crested heron"). The noun is attested from 1850. Squawk-box "loud-speaker" is from 1945.