Definition of yellowhammer in English:


Syllabification: yel·low·ham·mer
Pronunciation: /ˈyelōˌhamər


  • 1 another term for yellow-shafted flicker (see flicker2).
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    • The other species that have been put on the list are the marsh tit, willow tit, ring ouzel, grasshopper warbler, Savi's warbler, lesser spotted woodpecker and yellowhammer.
    • The flicker with its many aliases is probably our most interesting woodpecker. Some of the more common are the yellowhammer and the yellow-shafted woodpecker.
    • The yellow-shafted flicker (Colaptes auratus), known locally as the yellowhammer, is the state bird of Alabama.
  • 2A common Eurasian bunting, the male of which has a yellow head, neck, and breast.
    • Emberiza citrinella, family Emberizidae (subfamily Emberizinae)
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    • Snipe, red buntings, yellowhammers and even kingfishers are supposedly hereabouts.
    • The conventional plots also held more weed seeds, which are important to birds such as skylarks and yellowhammers.
    • Through the glass door to the step outside, two dozen yellowhammers and sparrows picked up seeds thrown on the snowy concrete.


mid 16th century: -hammer is perhaps from Old English amore (a kind of bird), possibly conflated with hama 'feathers'.

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