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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Examples of warbler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Four yellow-rumped warblers were reported at River Bend Farm in Uxbridge. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings," 11 Jan. 2020 For the analysis, the biologists used 70,716 dead birds representing 52 species -- including thrushes, sparrows and warblers -- that Willard had logged between 1978 and 2016. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Climate change could be making birds shrink in size, study finds," 4 Dec. 2019 During the spring and fall seasons, New York City birders can spot a wide range of species, from orioles, to warblers, to golden eagles. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "New York Is Poised to Require Bird-Friendly Glass on All New Buildings," 12 Dec. 2019 According to the findings, of the nearly 3 billion birds lost, 90 percent belong to 12 bird families, including sparrows, warblers, finches, and swallows. Cori Brown, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Cori Brown: Little Brown Jobs need name tags," 29 Sep. 2019 Birds such as sparrows, warblers, finches and blackbirds have been hit particularly hard, the study found. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "North America has lost nearly 3 billion birds since 1970," 19 Sep. 2019 But the victims include warblers, thrushes, swallows and other familiar birds. oregonlive, "North America has lost 3 billion birds in 50 years," 19 Sep. 2019 Weeks said, adding that warblers were among the types of birds that were exhibiting the most dramatic changes. NBC News, "Birds are getting smaller. Scientists see the echo of climate change.," 5 Dec. 2019 There was a prairie warbler at the Cohasset Golf Course in Cohasset. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 1 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of warbler

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Warbler.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warbler. Accessed 29 January 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


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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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