noun \ˈblak-ˌbərd\

: any one of several American birds with males that are mostly black

: a common European bird with males that have black feathers and an orange bill

Full Definition of BLACKBIRD

:  any of various birds of which the males are largely or entirely black: as
a :  a common thrush (Turdus merula) of Eurasia and northern Africa having an orange bill and eye rim
b :  any of several American oscine birds (family Icteridae)
:  a Pacific islander kidnapped for use as a plantation laborer

First Known Use of BLACKBIRD

14th century

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, clutch, covey, hackle, ratite, rictus, ruff, skein, zygodactyl



Definition of BLACKBIRD

intransitive verb
:  to engage in the slave trade especially in the South Pacific

First Known Use of BLACKBIRD

circa 1873


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In the New World, any of several species of songbirds in the family Icteridae, collectively called icterids; also, an Old World thrush (Turdus merula, family Turdidae). The best known icterid is the red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus), which ranges from Canada to the West Indies and Central America. It is 8 in. (20 cm) long, and the male's black plumage is set off by red shoulder patches. The Old World blackbird, 10 in. (25 cm) long, is common in woods and gardens throughout temperate Eurasia as well as in Australia and New Zealand. See also grackle.


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