BIRD in Sign Language
ASL Signs for BIRD
How do you say 'bird' in sign language (ASL).
Meaning: A warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrate distinguished by the possession of feathers, wings, and a beak and (typically) by being able to fly.
Pronunciation (sign description): Dominant "20" hand, with the back of the hand against the mouth, taps twice.
Learner tip: Don't confuse this with CHICKEN (with slightly different mouthing).
"Francis O. Watts with Bird"
John Brewster, Jr. (1766-1854) is a Deaf American artist, especially a portrait painter. One of his works "Francis O. Watts with Bird" represents the mortality rate of children which was high at the time.
[Note: ASL writing is not an official standard. This sign language writing remains in a state of open space to allow room for experiment, evolution, and improvement.]