Definition of warbler in US English:



  • 1Any of a number of small insectivorous songbirds that typically have a warbling song.

    an Old World bird of the family Sylviidae, which includes the blackcap, whitethroat, and chiffchaff

    (also 'wood warbler') a New World bird of the subfamily Parulinae, family Emberizidae

    • ‘Several hypotheses have been suggested to explain the finding, albeit rare, of female song among temperate-zone warblers.’
    • ‘The Northern Waterthrush is a large warbler with a long, heavy bill and a flattish head.’
    • ‘A drive down a local road flushes out all kinds of sparrows, warblers, and finches.’
    • ‘If you're looking into a large tree and notice several small birds constantly in motion, you should know that these are likely warblers and not sparrows or finches or thrushes.’
    • ‘Our target species these past weeks were not raptors, waders, or waterfowl, but were, in fact, songbirds, specifically warblers.’
    • ‘In autumn the mudflats host migrant shorebirds including plovers, yellowlegs, and sandpipers, and warblers are common in woodlands at both ends of the pond.’
    • ‘Montane forests above about 3,000 feet in the Truong Son are rich in songbird diversity, notably in the flycatchers and Old World warblers and related species.’
    • ‘We have planted over 800 native trees along the embankment, creating a wonderful habitat for warblers such as whitethroat, garden warbler and blackcap.’
    • ‘While song sparrows and yellow warblers, two of the most common cowbird eggs' hosts, are not deep woods birds, these small songbirds are unable to compete with the wildly proliferating numbers of cowbirds.’
    • ‘Baboons barked an alarm and thereafter bulbuls, warblers, shrikes, robins and other feathered choirs begun to sing.’
    • ‘Twice a year hundreds of species of migrating birds pass directly over Manhattan Island; white-throated sparrows, magnolia warblers, hawks and herons and swans.’
    • ‘More than 200 of the top 500 U.S. designations went to areas where significant populations of endangered and threatened species live, such as piping plovers and Kirtland's warblers.’
    • ‘A teacher from Andhra Pradesh writes of sights seen with his children while out in the scrub: spurfowls, warblers, and rose finches.’
    • ‘They scan the flocks of seabirds and waders and warblers intently, because they know that, in the midst of a thousand common birds, there may be one rare bird hitching a ride.’
    • ‘You'll have to keep your eyes open for smaller birds like warblers and waders as they filter stealthily through your territory.’
    • ‘Common yellowthroats are socially monogamous warblers that exhibit strong sexual dimorphism.’
    • ‘Many small songbirds such as warblers, thrushes, and tanagers migrate at night.’
    • ‘Songbirds like warblers, orioles, tanagers, grosbeaks, and sparrows are far from the only birds that display dimorphism.’
    • ‘Use suet or specialty suet cakes with added berries or peanuts to attract woodpeckers, chickadees, titmice, Carolina wrens and wintering warblers.’
    • ‘The highlight of spring migration is without a doubt the return to northern climes of dazzlingly-colored warblers, flycatchers, and tanagers.’
  • 2informal A person who sings in a trilling or quavering voice.

    singer, vocalist, soloist, songstress, crooner, melodist, artiste
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