Definition of blackbird in US English:

blackbird

noun

  • 1A European thrush with mainly black plumage.

    Genus Turdus, subfamily Turdinae, family Muscicapidae: four species, in particular T. merula, the male of which has all-black plumage and a yellow bill

    • ‘Birds such as starlings, blackbirds, thrushes and dunnocks will use a lawn to hunt for worms and insects, so maintain good drainage and limit compaction to help them probe in its surface.’
    • ‘The thicker scrub and thickets of elder, hawthorn and bramble, meanwhile, provide ideal cover for nesting robins, wrens, sparrows, dunnocks, blackbirds and thrushes.’
    • ‘The redwing, fieldfare and blackbirds are all involved in serious territorial swoops between trees.’
    • ‘If no berries remain, having been stripped earlier by blackbirds and mistle thrushes, they perish.’
    • ‘The ubiquitous starling is one of the most widespread problem species but blackbirds, partridges, robins, sparrows, thrushes, and finches are also common.’
  • 2An American bird with a strong pointed bill. The male has black plumage that is iridescent or has patches of red or yellow.

    Family Icteridae: several genera and species, including the abundant red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

    • ‘I went down towards the creek and found a huge flock of robins, grackles and red-winged blackbirds foraging.’
    • ‘We waited hours for several common birds - blue jay, northern flicker, and fish crow - but missed red-winged blackbird and American robin.’
    • ‘Unlike dowdy, brown females of the species, male blackbirds possess bright yellow-to-orange beaks and shiny black plumage.’
    • ‘Down in the bog, the first red-winged blackbirds were yodeling, and a robin sang in the evening.’
    • ‘I pulled over at Schaar's Bluff, turned off my car and just sat and listened, beyond the bluebirds and meadowlarks you could hear tree sparrows and red-winged blackbirds.’

Pronunciation

blackbird

/ˈblakˌbərd//ˈblækˌbərd/