war·​bler | \ ˈwȯr-blər How to pronounce warbler (audio) \

Definition of warbler

1 : one that warbles : singer, songster
2a : any of numerous small chiefly Old World oscine birds (family Sylviidae) many of which are noted songsters and are closely related to the thrushes
b : any of numerous small brightly colored American oscine birds (family Parulidae) with a usually weak and unmusical song

called also wood warbler

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Recent Examples on the Web In one image, the cuckoos can be seen with its jaws wide open coming closer to the small birds, a bunting and a warbler. Fox News, "Funny photos show cuckoos fighting off smaller birds for space," 24 June 2020 The winter conservation plan for golden-winged warblers, first written by an independent working group in 2016, focuses on conserving key areas that often stretch over thousands of square kilometers. Tara Santora, Scientific American, "Should Ecologists Treat Male and Female Animals like ‘Different Species’?," 2 June 2020 The early warblers appeared soon after, as varied and vividly colored as butterflies. John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A balm for coronavirus anxiety: Milwaukee's wild places, where the rhythms of nature are steady as ever," 30 Apr. 2020 But the victims include warblers, thrushes, swallows, and other familiar birds. BostonGlobe.com, "North America has lost 3 billion birds in 50 years - The Boston Globe," 20 Sep. 2019 Five pine warblers were seen along with two Northern shovelers at Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood, a winter wren at McCarthy Park in Medfield, and two fox sparrows at Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Belmont. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings," 9 Feb. 2020 There were also two bald eagles at Jackson Point, two common ravens, and a palm warbler at Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, and a brown thrasher at Milestone Cranberry Bog. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings," 16 Feb. 2020 More than 90 percent of the total loss can be attributed to just 12 bird families, including sparrows, warblers, blackbirds, larks and finches. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, "North America Has Lost Nearly 3 Billion Birds Since 1970," 20 Sep. 2019 Migratory birds such as the cerulean warbler come to Appalachian forests to breed. Washington Post, "Kentucky was devastated for decades by mountaintop removal. Now scientists have figured out a way to undo the damage — one tree at a time.," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of warbler

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Warbler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warbler. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of warbler

: any one of many different kinds of small singing birds that live in America and Europe


war·​bler | \ ˈwȯr-blər How to pronounce warbler (audio) \

Kids Definition of warbler

1 : an Old World bird related to the thrush and noted for its musical song
2 : a brightly colored American bird having a song that is usually weak and not musical

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