prothonotary warbler

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Definition of prothonotary warbler 

: a large eastern North American warbler (Protonotaria citrea of the family Parulidae) of wooded swamps that has a golden-yellow head and breast and bluish-gray wings

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While typing the above, a tiny prothonotary warbler landed on a cypress right by the boat. Ben Raines, AL.com, "The hidden lake: a primordial secret found," 17 Apr. 2018 Scarlet tanagers and prothonotary warblers were plentiful. Ben Raines, AL.com, "The hidden lake: a primordial secret found," 17 Apr. 2018 Trackers the size of a paper clip are seen being attached to the wings of prothonotary warblers, whose population has dropped 40 percent since the 1960s because of the disappearance of its breeding habitats of swamps and forested wetlands. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian, "New Documentary Delights With Spectacular Visuals of the Panama Isthmus, A Migratory Superhighway," 12 Dec. 2017

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1783, in the meaning defined above

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