A generic bird. Variously depicted as a blue or red bird, as a bluebird or cardinal, shown standing in full profile, or as a bird head. Both designs show the bird facing left.
May be used for a variety of wild and pet birds as well as for metaphorical senses of bird (e.g., birdie in golf).
Apple and WhatsApp’s designs feature a grayish bird head. Google, Samsung, and Facebook’s designs suggest a bluebird, Microsoft and Twitter’s a cardinal. Google’s bird previously resembled a canary, Samsung’s was previously green, and Microsoft and Twitter’s birds were once blue.
Bird was approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010 and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.