yellow-rumped warbler

variants: or yellowrump \ ˈ⸗⸗ˌ⸗ \
plural yellow-rumped warblers or yellowrumps

Definition of yellow-rumped warbler

: a North American wood warbler (Dendroica coronata) of which the adult male is grayish streaked with black above and largely white below with a yellow patch on the crown, rump, and each side of the breast. Immature yellow-rumped warblers are gray with many streaks. However, they are missing the classic yellow rump found on adults.— Jim Olichwier, St. Paul Pioneer Press, 1 May 2005 An early spring migrant, yellowrumps are on the move in large flocks in early April, making the species the first warbler to move in numbers.— Eirik Blom, Bird Watcher's Digest, May/June 1997

Note: The yellow-rumped warbler occurs in several distinct subspecies, including the Audubon's warbler (D. coronata auduboni) and myrtle warbler (D. coronata coronata).

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of yellow-rumped warbler

circa 1813, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about yellow-rumped warbler

Time Traveler for yellow-rumped warbler

Time Traveler

The first known use of yellow-rumped warbler was circa 1813

See more words from the same year

Statistics for yellow-rumped warbler

Cite this Entry

“Yellow-rumped warbler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

Comments on yellow-rumped warbler

What made you want to look up yellow-rumped warbler? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!