fly·​way | \ ˈflī-ˌwā How to pronounce flyway (audio) \

Definition of flyway

: an established air route of migratory birds

Examples of flyway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Until freezing weather breaks the disease cycle, each newly arriving bird on the flyway now faces exposure. Tom Stienstra,, "Avian botulism kills 40,000 birds, threatens millions more in Klamath Refuge," 1 Sep. 2020 Today, nongovernmental organizations and government agencies manage about half of the 80-mile stretch of river that supports bird migration, an area known as the central flyway. Lindsay Fendt, Smithsonian Magazine, "How COVID-19 Is Disrupting Crucial Conservation Efforts," 18 May 2020 About 2,000 sandhills are removed via depredation permits each year in the flyway. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sandhill crane population and management issues on tap for NRB meeting," 20 June 2020 Nearly 370 species of migratory birds visit India through three flyways—Central Asian Flyway (CAF), East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF) and Asian-East African Flyway (AEAF). Mayank Aggarwal, Quartz India, "After tigers and elephants, India now plans to protect its endangered birds," 9 Feb. 2020 At certain points throughout the country, the narrow flyways funnel birds through elevated vantage points from which hunters can get easy shots. Helen Sullivan, New York Times, "Invoking Islamic Tradition to Save Birds in Lebanon," 6 Jan. 2020 Big geese are virtually unhuntable from the middle of fields in layout blinds in the Mississippi and Atlantic flyways. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "5 Goose Hunting Tactics for Water and Fields," 15 Jan. 2020 Various bird migration routes, or flyways, pass through the country; when squeezed between mountains, the routes narrow, forming bottlenecks. Helen Sullivan, New York Times, "Invoking Islamic Tradition to Save Birds in Lebanon," 6 Jan. 2020 From September through November, the migratory birds use one of four major flyways — basically highways for winged travelers — in North America. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "You don’t need to be hawk-eyed to spot amazing birds of prey," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of flyway

1891, in the meaning defined above

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13 Sep 2020

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“Flyway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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fly·​way | \ ˈflī-ˌwā How to pronounce flyway (audio) \

Kids Definition of flyway

: a route regularly followed by migratory birds

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