ovenbird

noun
ov·​en·​bird | \ ˈə-vən-ˌbərd How to pronounce ovenbird (audio) \

Definition of ovenbird

1 : any of various chiefly South American small brown passerine birds (family Furnariidae, especially genus Furnarius)
2 : an American warbler (Seiurus aurocapillus) that builds a dome-shaped nest on the ground

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Also among reports were a smattering of warblers: ovenbird, black-and-white, common yellowthroat, American redstart, yellow, and pine. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings," 29 July 2019 Sparrows, ovenbirds, juncos, warblers, kinglets, and creepers are just some of the species on the casualty list. Babak Tafreshi, National Geographic, "Our nights are getting brighter, and Earth is paying the price," 3 Apr. 2019 From the woods behind the viewing stand, an ovenbird gave its loud rhythmic song. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Cowan’s Ford Wildlife Refuge is a perfect spot for leisurely birding | Charlotte Observer," 4 May 2018 Ovenbirds sing for largely territorial reasons, warning other birds to stay out. Emily Singer, WIRED, "Competition May Not Be the Driving Force of Species Diversity After All," 18 Mar. 2014

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First Known Use of ovenbird

circa 1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ovenbird

from the shape of its nest

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