warbler

noun
war·bler | \ˈwȯr-blər \

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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As for its regular feathered inhabitants, the Coastside is blessed with migratory shorebirds, an abundance of gulls, breeding warblers, wintering sparrows, and a richness of raptors. Jill K. Robinson, SFChronicle.com, "5 places to spot birds in Half Moon Bay," 12 July 2018 Migratory songbirds such as yellow warblers and Baltimore orioles abound in spring. Houston Chronicle, "Top birding spots around Texas," 10 May 2018 The warbler was on the brink of extinction 30 years ago. Washington Post, "Feds propose dropping songbird from endangered species list," 11 Apr. 2018 In six visits to the property, biologists briefly spotted one chirping male warbler. John Tedesco, San Antonio Express-News, "City says developer who clear cut trees was following rules," 29 June 2018 Flies buzz around the goose guts in my dogpot, and a big black bumblebee, and everywhere birds are chirping and singing — sparrows and robins and warblers flitting in the branches, rustling in dead leaves, busy setting up homes here on the hill. Seth Kantner, Anchorage Daily News, "We’re failing in our relationship with nature – and with each other," 9 June 2018 Chiffchaffs and willow warblers sing in the sallow and alder, while every leaf seems to hold a butterfly or dragonfly or hoverfly. The Economist, "Brexit is reverberating in British literature," 5 July 2018 Highlights from Sandy Neck in Barnstable included a yellow-throated warbler, a clapper rail, 10 marsh wrens, a seaside sparrow, and 28 saltmarsh sparrows. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 4 June 2018 This time, the warbler saw the hawk and not the other way around. Ben Raines, AL.com, "The hidden lake: a primordial secret found," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of warbler

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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warbler

noun

English Language Learners Definition of warbler

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

warbler

noun
war·bler | \ˈwȯr-blər \

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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