Warbler War"bler, n. 1. One who, or that which, warbles; a singer; a songster; -- applied chiefly to birds. [1913 Webster]

In lulling strains the feathered warblers woo. --Tickell. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small Old World singing birds belonging to the family {Sylviid[ae]}, many of which are noted songsters. The bluethroat, blackcap, reed warbler (see under {Reed}), and sedge warbler (see under {Sedge}) are well-known species. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small, often bright colored, American singing birds of the family or subfamily {Mniotiltid[ae]}, or {Sylvicolin[ae]}. They are allied to the Old World warblers, but most of them are not particularly musical. [1913 Webster]

Note: The American warblers are often divided, according to their habits, into bush warblers, creeping warblers, fly-catching warblers, ground warblers, wood warblers, wormeating warblers, etc. [1913 Webster]

{Bush warbler} (Zo["o]l.) any American warbler of the genus {Opornis}, as the Connecticut warbler ({Opornis agilis}).

{Creeping warbler} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of very small American warblers belonging to {Parula}, {Mniotilta}, and allied genera, as the blue yellow-backed warbler ({Parula Americana}), and the black-and-white creeper ({Mniotilta varia}).

{Fly-catching warbler} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of warblers belonging to {Setophaga}, {Sylvania}, and allied genera having the bill hooked and notched at the tip, with strong rictal bristles at the base, as the hooded warbler ({Sylvania mitrata}), the black-capped warbler ({Sylvania pusilla}), the Canadian warbler ({Sylvania Canadensis}), and the American redstart (see {Redstart}).

{Ground warbler} (Zo["o]l.), any American warbler of the genus {Geothlypis}, as the mourning ground warbler ({G. Philadelphia}), and the Maryland yellowthroat (see {Yellowthroat}).

{Wood warbler} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous American warblers of the genus {Dendroica}. Among the most common wood warblers in the Eastern States are the yellowbird, or yellow warbler (see under {Yellow}), the black-throated green warbler ({Dendroica virens}), the yellow-rumped warbler ({Dendroica coronata}), the blackpoll ({D. striata}), the bay-breasted warbler ({Dendroica castanea}), the chestnut-sided warbler ({Dendroica Pennsylvanica}), the Cape May warbler ({Dendroica tigrina}), the prairie warbler (see under {Prairie}), and the pine warbler ({Dendroica pinus}). See also {Magnolia warbler}, under {Magnolia}, and {Blackburnian warbler}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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