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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web At Marblehead Neck Sanctuary, a prothonotary warbler was discovered., 28 Aug. 2021 Birds including the prothonotary warbler may adjust well to climate change — with an earlier spring season the birds may be able to produce two broods of chicks. Morgan Greene,, 20 Apr. 2021 While typing the above, a tiny prothonotary warbler landed on a cypress right by the boat. Ben Raines,, 17 Apr. 2018 Scarlet tanagers and prothonotary warblers were plentiful. Ben Raines,, 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, 12 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1783, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of prothonotary warbler was in 1783

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“Prothonotary warbler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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