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ovenbird

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Pronunciation: /ˈʌv(ə)nbəːd
 
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Definition of ovenbird in English:

noun

1A small, drab tropical American bird belonging to a diverse family, many members of which make domed oven-like nests of mud.
Example sentences
  • Suboscines, which include flycatchers, ant-birds, woodcreepers, and ovenbirds, are now diverse in the New World, with about 1,100 species, nearly all of them in South America.
  • Their closest relatives are the ovenbirds (family Furnariidae).
  • Playing the louder calls on the ground increased visits by predators there, he found, but playing the relatively soft begging calls of ovenbirds from tree nests did not.
2A migratory brown North American warbler that builds a domed oven-like nest of vegetation on the ground.
  • Seiurus aurocapillus, family Parulidae
Example sentences
  • Some species of ovenbirds are migratory, others are sedentary.
  • Research in Pennsylvania, New York, and Virginia shows that forest birds like the American redstart, hooded warbler, Kentucky warbler, worm-eating warbler, ovenbird, wood thrush, and veery are all vulnerable to deer overpopulation.

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