When is a bird a "birb"?
Looking at that little Kingfisher yesterday, it reminded me of something I read the other day about a "birb".......I'd like to say that this is more of an Americanism, but I think its more of an internet thingy with “Birb” being affectionate internet-speak for birds, of a certain type or category, tho the "rules" are far from clear.
I'm pretty sure this qualifies as a Birb.
This all started when the absurdist Twitter account BirdsRightsActivist tweeted the single word "Birb” out on November 2012; two years later, it had multiple entries in Urban Dictionary and a dedicated reddit forum.
The subreddit r/birbs defines a birb as any bird that’s “being funny, cute, or silly in some way." Urban Dictionary has a more varied set of definitions, many of which allude to a generalized smallness. Others disagree, saying that all birds are birbs.
I agree with r/birbs, but i'm not sure that a chunky bird is a borb, and a fluffed-up bird is a floof.
Here are two birds that could both qualify as Birbs, methinks, the Japanese/Swinhoe's White-Eye, and the Japanese Tit.