the cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis.
any of various other birds having red plumage, as the scarlet tanager.

Origin of redbird

First recorded in 1660–70; red1 + bird Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for redbird

Contemporary Examples of redbird

Historical Examples of redbird

  • The redbird is singing in the tree, his plumage all the brighter for the winter's bleaching.

  • You cannot make a wren out of a redbird, even if you are the God of both.

  • Redbird felt tears stream from her eyes—and freeze at once on her cheeks.


    Robert Shea

  • "But it is true, Redbird, you have done nothing," Wolf Paw said more softly.


    Robert Shea

  • "I was down in the woods, seeing to our horses," Redbird lied.


    Robert Shea

Word Origin and History for redbird

mid-13c., a name for sundry red or partly red birds, including the common bullfinch and the scarlet tanager, but in U.S. especially the cardinal, from red (adj.1) + bird (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper