snow bunting


Definition of snow bunting

: a white bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) with black or brown markings on the upperparts that breeds in arctic regions and winters in northern parts of North America and Eurasia

Examples of snow bunting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But --- the snow buntings arrived on schedule in mid-March. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "A snowy winter makes for a challenging spring for birds and animals in Alaska’s Interior," 11 Apr. 2020 The herders watch the birds, the snow buntings and ptarmigans, the ravens and bluethroats. Juliana Hanle, Scientific American, "The Fight for the Reindeer," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of snow bunting

1771, in the meaning defined above

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“Snow bunting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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