prothonotary warbler

noun

: 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

Examples of prothonotary warbler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The prothonotary warbler, for example — a bright yellow songbird named for the yellow robes worn by papal clerks in the Roman Catholic church — enjoy big, old forests surrounded by floodwaters, Gentry said. Madeline Heim, Journal Sentinel, 22 Apr. 2024 The broader Atchafalaya National Heritage Area surrounding Lafayette is home to five-inch-tall prothonotary warblers, with their bright-yellow feathers, and the five-foot-tall whooping crane, one of the rarest birds in North America. Alexandra Marvar, Travel + Leisure, 27 Aug. 2023 Unusual species included a brown pelican, a Mississippi kite, a banded western wood-pewee, a black-throated gray warbler, a prothonotary warbler, and a summer tanager. Maria Elena Little Endara, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Oct. 2022 At Marblehead Neck Sanctuary, a prothonotary warbler was discovered. BostonGlobe.com, 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, chicagotribune.com, 20 Apr. 2021 While typing the above, a tiny prothonotary warbler landed on a cypress right by the boat. Ben Raines, AL.com, 17 Apr. 2018 Scarlet tanagers and prothonotary warblers were plentiful. Ben Raines, AL.com, 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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“Prothonotary warbler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prothonotary%20warbler. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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