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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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Examples of ovenbird in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among reports were three cattle egrets in the Katama area, two Eurasian wigeons in Edgartown, and a tardy ovenbird in Oak Bluffs. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Nov. 2021 Like the other weekend, an ovenbird and seven Northern Flickers and a couple unusual catbirds stopped in to fuel up on my red chokeberries and high-bush berries. Paige Darrah, New York Times, 15 Oct. 2021 Also among reports were a smattering of warblers: ovenbird, black-and-white, common yellowthroat, American redstart, yellow, and pine. BostonGlobe.com, 29 July 2019 Sparrows, ovenbirds, juncos, warblers, kinglets, and creepers are just some of the species on the casualty list. Babak Tafreshi, National Geographic, 3 Apr. 2019 From the woods behind the viewing stand, an ovenbird gave its loud rhythmic song. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, 4 May 2018 Ovenbirds sing for largely territorial reasons, warning other birds to stay out. Emily Singer, WIRED, 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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“Ovenbird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ovenbird. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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