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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Many insect eaters like warblers have already flown the coop. Cori Brown, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Cori Brown: Nature signals a time to recharge," 7 Sep. 2019 Most yellow warblers migrate south early, usually during August. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Audubon turns east side park into a haven for bird watchers," 3 Sep. 2019 Songbirds that should be migrating south soon include the Northern waterthrush and yellow warbler. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings," 22 July 2019 The Hays County Commissioners Court voted to join a challenge under the Endangered Species Act,, arguing that Kinder Morgan's proposed Permian Highway Pipeline would destroy habitat of the golden-cheeked warbler. Houston Chronicle, "The week’s energy highlights," 19 July 2019 Other notable sightings included two least bitterns, a Wilson’s warbler, four seaside sparrows and two orchard orioles. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings across the region," 16 June 2019 Hays County and other opponents have threatened to sue Kinder Morgan under the Endangered Species Act to protect the habitat of the golden-cheeked warbler, a rare songbird that only nests in the Texas Hill Country. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Kinder Morgan sues Austin suburb over anti-pipeline ordinance," 22 July 2019 Sparrows, ovenbirds, juncos, warblers, kinglets, and creepers are just some of the species on the casualty list. Babak Tafreshi, National Geographic, "Our nights are getting brighter, and Earth is paying the price," 3 Apr. 2019 In the 1950s, Robert MacArthur went into the remote woods of coastal Maine to observe warbler populations. Keith Ladzinski, National Geographic, "The ‘balance of nature’ is an enduring concept. But it’s wrong.," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of warbler

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of warbler was circa 1611

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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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