Chinese name: 隹

Pinyin: zhuī

English name: little bird

Imagery: a baby bird perching next to a cage

History of radical: This radical is called little bird. In oracle bones it is a picture of a small bird. Characters with this radical relate to birds. In China, you can often see old men taking their birds for a stroll in the morning. They cover the bird cages with black or blue cloth and uncover the cages after they arrive at a park. While their birds are hopping and chirping inside the cages, the bird owners play chess with their friends or practice tai chi.

For example: 

  • 雀(què): sparrow
  • 雁(yàn): wild goose
  • 雕(diāo): eagle