One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Any of a number of small insectivorous songbirds that typically have a warbling song.
an Australasian bird of the family Acanthizidae.
an Old World bird of the family Sylviidae, which includes the blackcap, whitethroat, and chiffchaff.
(also 'wood warbler') a New World bird of the family Parulidae.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Common yellowthroats are socially monogamous warblers that exhibit strong sexual dimorphism.’
- ‘Twice a year hundreds of species of migrating birds pass directly over Manhattan Island; white-throated sparrows, magnolia warblers, hawks and herons and swans.’
- ‘Use suet or specialty suet cakes with added berries or peanuts to attract woodpeckers, chickadees, titmice, Carolina wrens and wintering warblers.’
- ‘Songbirds like warblers, orioles, tanagers, grosbeaks, and sparrows are far from the only birds that display dimorphism.’
- ‘We have planted over 800 native trees along the embankment, creating a wonderful habitat for warblers such as whitethroat, garden warbler and blackcap.’
- ‘Many small songbirds such as warblers, thrushes, and tanagers migrate at night.’
- ‘Our target species these past weeks were not raptors, waders, or waterfowl, but were, in fact, songbirds, specifically warblers.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In autumn the mudflats host migrant shorebirds including plovers, yellowlegs, and sandpipers, and warblers are common in woodlands at both ends of the pond.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A teacher from Andhra Pradesh writes of sights seen with his children while out in the scrub: spurfowls, warblers, and rose finches.’
- ‘Several hypotheses have been suggested to explain the finding, albeit rare, of female song among temperate-zone warblers.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The highlight of spring migration is without a doubt the return to northern climes of dazzlingly-colored warblers, flycatchers, and tanagers.’
- ‘You'll have to keep your eyes open for smaller birds like warblers and waders as they filter stealthily through your territory.’
- ‘Baboons barked an alarm and thereafter bulbuls, warblers, shrikes, robins and other feathered choirs begun to sing.’
2informal A person who sings in a trilling or quavering voice.singer, vocalist, soloist, songstress, crooner, melodist, artisteView synonyms
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