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 Essex County: Among sightings were a Pacific loon at Marblehead, a King eider at Halibut Point in Rockport, and a snow bunting at Andrews Point in Rockport., 23 Oct. 2021 North of Boston, on Plum Island highlights included six blue-winged teal, four Hudsonian godwits, a warbling vireo, an early snow bunting, and a sedge wren., 10 Oct. 2021 Sightings at Seagull Beach in Yarmouth included a Northern harrier, 3 purple sandpipers, 200 sanderlings, 35 common redpolls, 14 red crossbills, a snow bunting, and 2 palm warblers., 20 Jan. 2021 But --- the snow buntings arrived on schedule in mid-March. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Apr. 2020 The herders watch the birds, the snow buntings and ptarmigans, the ravens and bluethroats. Juliana Hanle, Scientific American, 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 5 Oct. 2022.

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