Definition of snowbird in English:

snowbird

Syllabification: snow·bird
Pronunciation: /ˈsnōˌbərd
 
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noun

  • 1North American informal A northerner who moves to a warmer southern state in the winter.
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    • The phrase ‘Québécois at the beach’ usually conjures up images of Quebec's snowbirds escaping winter for Florida's sunny shores.
    • That would allow snowbirds and Southeastern race fans to spend three weeks in Florida, migrating from one track to the other.
    • Sue all Northern Yankee States for forcing snowbirds to leave by criminal tacit encouragement of bad weather.
  • 2A widespread and variable junco with gray or brown upper parts and a white belly.
    • Junco hyemalis, family Emberizidae (subfamily Emberizinae). Alternative names: northern junco, dark-eyed junco, slate-colored junco
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    • On days with fresh snowfall, GC concentrations were higher in dark-eyed juncos than on days without fresh snow and fat reserves increased after these snows.
    • Dominant dark-eyed juncos also obtained more food than subordinate juncos when food was clumped and the same amount of food when food was dispersed.
    • Similarly, in male and female dark-eyed juncos, dominance was related to prior residency.
  • 2.1The snow bunting.
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    • All too soon, Johnny's cutting zigzags across trapping lines and frozen inlets, listening to snowbirds whistle and the dogs pant.

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