Why are silly or stupid people called 'birdbrain'?

@allknowing (69448)
India
June 5, 2018 1:51am CST
We have birds visiting our garden on a daily basis. We also have fruits that I know we can eat and there are some I see birds enjoying such as the Noni and curry leaf fruits which I did not know we could eat but now -thanks to the Internet I know they are packed with goodness. How do the birds know? This is a million dollar question. Then we have the hawthorn fruits that look so attractive but birds will not go anywhere near them, I will not try them too as if birds cannot eat them surely they are not edible. And we call stupid people 'birdbrain' - think again
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@mlgen1037 (29626)
• Manila, Philippines
5 Jun
It may be an idiom or something.
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@allknowing (69448)
• India
5 Jun
It is an idiom but idioms should be based on facts. Birds are smart. It is an insult to birds (lol)
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@mlgen1037 (29626)
• Manila, Philippines
5 Jun
@allknowing Well, you may say that and blame the person who made that word.
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@Shavkat (65270)
• Philippines
5 Jun
I think it was used for people who are having an empty head.
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@allknowing (69448)
• India
5 Jun
You sure know birds are quite brainy
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@vandana7 (67667)
• India
5 Jun
@allknowing Yeah...they are. I saw the other day birds feeding fishes. It was so cute. And they have nests before laying eggs. Human beings often prefer to have babies before having a house.
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@allknowing (69448)
• India
5 Jun
@vandana7 Yet another word of wisdom
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@franxav (5651)
5 Jun
Birds themselves are quite intelligent, but since their head is quite small, foolish people are called birdbrained.
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@vandana7 (67667)
• India
5 Jun
I agree...English has such words created by birdbrains. Sigh..there simply is no logic to English. Very difficult language to learn. Should they be called assbrain? Nitwit is another. I don't know how they can test the IQ of nit. May be they have the technologies we are unaware of.
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@allknowing (69448)
• India
5 Jun
In a long time you have said something sensible
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@vandana7 (67667)
• India
5 Jun
@allknowing What to do, I was busy aping birdbrains.
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@allknowing (69448)
• India
5 Jun
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@mayka123 (10806)
• India
6 Jun
Birdbrain has got no connection with birds. Humans actually cannot be compared to birds. Birds are much more intelligent I think.
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@allknowing (69448)
• India
6 Jun
They definitely are (lol) Don't you remember the story of the crow and the water jar?
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@mayka123 (10806)
• India
6 Jun
@allknowing Yes I do remember it.
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@DianneN (85007)
• United States
5 Jun
We know it's slang for an unintelligent person, but we all know how smart birds are!
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@allknowing (69448)
• India
5 Jun
That is English (lol)
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@DianneN (85007)
• United States
6 Jun
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@Hannihar (42069)
7 Jun
@allknowing Thanks for sharing that with us.
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@JohnRoberts (63085)
• Los Angeles, California
5 Jun
It is because a bird has a microscopic brain. What you are speaking of is instinct not the ability to reason.
• Russian Federation
5 Jun
I have never heard this word Maybe because their brain is small
@Jessabuma (33192)
• Baguio, Philippines
5 Jun
It's another way to calling someone , stupid. But I will surely get offended if someone calls me that way , hehehe!!!
@pitsipeahie (2246)
5 Jun
Might actually be insulting for the birds.... literally they have small brain, of course because they are small but definitely not stupid. I know of some humans who are more silly and stupid than a bird