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One under the par for that hole. The term is thought to have originated from the phrase "a bird of a shot."
In US slang, a bird was used to denote anything deemed to be excellent or wonderful.
When used by golfers, it might also imply that the ball "flew like a bird."
Players were claiming birdies as early as the 1910s.
Some information courtesy of the British Golf Museum,
based near St Andrews golf course in Scotland.
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