Definition of Dartford warbler in English:

Dartford warbler

noun

  • A long-tailed non-migratory warbler with grey upper parts and purplish-brown underparts, found in western Europe and North Africa.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 re-colonisation of Suffolk’s heaths by the rare Dartford warbler has reached a new milestone, with more than one hundred breeding pairs in the county last year.’
    • ‘The Dartford warbler is an active, inquisitive bird rarely allowing us more than a fleeting glimpse before diving for cover in gorse and heather.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from Dartford in Kent, England, where the bird was first seen.

Pronunciation:

Dartford warbler

/ˈdɑːtfəd/