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 Given that most of the snow bunting’s breeding grounds are not near human activities, the cause of this decline is mysterious. Richard B. Karel, Baltimore Sun, 5 Jan. 2024 The cold-hardy characteristics of snow buntings are similar to those of other birds that endure frigid weather. Richard B. Karel, Baltimore Sun, 5 Jan. 2024 Spring is officially in Alaska when the snow buntings arrive. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Apr. 2023 There were six Northern shovelers, an upland sandpiper, and a late snow bunting at Nantucket and an eared grebe continued at Marblehead., 17 Apr. 2021 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1771, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snow bunting was in 1771

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“Snow bunting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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