I have been finding different translations for this sentence I want to use.

No borders (plural) for this bird
Hay fronteras papa esta ave.

I read "ave" is used for the general expression of all birds, nothing specific, whereas "pájaro" expresses a zoological distinguishment.

And, I also read that "pájaro" could have a homosexual implication.

No border (singular) for this bird
Sin frontera para este pájaro
Ninguna frontera para este pájaro

I do have a particular bird in mind and it is from Mexico, so I wish to get the correct translation.

Can someone help me out with this?

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    Why is your first example mistranslated? "Hay fronteras para esta ave" means "there are borderd for this bird"...
    – Brian H.
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 12:17
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    I think a bit more context is needed to translate that sentence. It could be "[there are] no borders...", then it is "no hay fronteras...", but it could also be understood as an order: "no borders for this bird!", then the translation could be "¡nada de fronteras para este pájaro!".
    – Charlie
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 12:23
  • I agree that some more context is required. Are you speaking about a migrating bird that can move and live in different areas or countries without restrictions? Or is it metaphorical?
    – Gustavson
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 13:45
  • That first example is what a translation web site gave me. Yes, it is a migrating bird from Mexico. I am referring to a bird that was sighted in my area that is not a native, but a migrant from Mexico. What I wish to infer is that this bird doesn't care about borders and can fly over them and/or that this bird is against borders. And, I am hinting a metaphor.
    – retts
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 14:26
  • Presumably you want to avoid the technical term ave migratoria dle.rae.es/?id=4X8WU1M for some reason?
    – mdewey
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 15:08

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How about these?

  • Es un ave sin fronteras.
  • Es un ave que no tiene / no conoce fronteras.
  • No existen fronteras para esta ave.

If used in a metaphorical sense, it could refer to a free soul or spirit (un ser libre, sin ataduras).

  • Gustavson, I like the third one. No existen fronteras para esta ave.
    – retts
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 15:05
  • Yes, "existen" is always more sophisticated than "hay".
    – Gustavson
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 15:06
  • I had another paragraph attached to my reply, but it seems to have not posted. What I am doing is making a statement, not only about the bird, which is migratory, but a political statement about borders. It is serendipitous that, in this time, a black-backed oriole, which is a migratory bird, rarely seen in the US, has landed here nearby where I live. The idea came to me in sort of a dream and I am creating a design. I like that "existen" is more sophisticated than ""hay", and am wondering if I can eliminate "existen" and just say " No fronteras para esta ave." Has more puch, more direct?
    – retts
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 15:21
  • I'd say: "Sin fronteras para esta ave". "No fronteras" is not Spanish usage.
    – Gustavson
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 16:27
  • When I saw this one my immediate thought was that I would have said "This bird knows no boundaries" which has a nice symmetry with the two b sounds and the two n sounds. That brought me to esta ave no reconece ninguna frontera which seemed to me in the spirit of your second suggestion but stronger. Perhaps reconecer is wrong here though.
    – mdewey
    Commented Feb 11, 2017 at 13:31

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