One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A long-tailed non-migratory warbler with grey upper parts and purplish-brown underparts, found in western Europe and North Africa.
- ‘The re-colonisation of Suffolks heaths by the rare Dartford warbler has reached a new milestone, with more than one hundred breeding pairs in the county last year.’
- ‘Recent Dartford warbler arrivals included a male at Sizewell in December 1994 which stayed until early January followed by another at Walberswick Common (a former nesting haunt) throughout January, February and March 1995.’
- ‘He said: ‘If that were to increase, we might well see many more nightjars and even the arrival of the Dartford warblers, which we don't have yet.’
- ‘The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, meanwhile, says the Thames Basin is home to 264 male nightjars (about 8% of the bird's total numbers in the UK), 149 pairs of woodlark and 445 pairs of Dartford warblers.’
- ‘The Dartford warbler is an active, inquisitive bird rarely allowing us more than a fleeting glimpse before diving for cover in gorse and heather.’
Late 18th century: from Dartford in Kent, England, where the bird was first seen.
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