rusty blackbird

variants: or rusty grackle

Definition of rusty blackbird

: a blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) of the eastern U.S. whose adult male has a white iris and a uniformly blue-black color in spring but in the fall has the edges of the feathers become rusty

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First Known Use of rusty blackbird

1811, in the meaning defined above

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“Rusty blackbird.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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