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perch on something

1. [for a bird] to stand at rest on something. A robin perched on the branch by my window. We saw a parrot perched on some kind of flowering tree.
2. to sit or balance on something. I can't perch on this fence forever. Let's go. Sam was perched on the bicycle and he looked very uncomfortable.
See also: on, perch

perch someone or something on something

to place, seat, or stand someone or something in a place. She perched the little girl on the edge of the tub. Walter perched his hat on the top shelf.
See also: on, perch

fall off your perch

  (British old-fashioned, humorous)
to die By the time I fall off my perch, Britain may well be a republic.
See also: fall, off, perch

knock somebody off their perch

  (British & Australian)
to make someone fail or lose their leading position Will Rovers win the European Cup and knock United off their perch?
See also: knock, off, perch
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Conversely, small species may gain some protection from larger predators (larger dragonflies and birds) by flying and perching close to the water's surface.
There should be one perching station per student or pair of students.
If the bird is flying instead of perching, Sibley argues, the Cornell group's calculations of bird size no longer work.
We examined selection of nocturnal perching sites in O.
Snakes perching on branches of trees, which tended to be higher off of the ground, were longer than those perching on tips of herbaceous leaves and fern fronds, which tended to be closer to the ground (t = 31.
Few studies have identified characteristics of shrike natural perching substrate with reference to condition of the perch tree.
Furthermore, rather than pointing forward as in a theropod or backward as in a perching bird, the Archaeopteryx first toe pointed sideways as a human thumb does, says Mayr.
Perching birds have claw curvature that lies between that of walkers and climbers, Krauss notes.
He found that the degree of claw curvature is a clear indicator of lifestyle: Ground-dwelling species have straighter claws, perching birds have moderately curved claws, and birds that climb tree trunks have very curved claws.