AskDefine | Define warbler

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1 a singer; usually a singer who adds embellishments to the song
2 a small active songbird

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warbler (plural warblers)
  1. Some of various small passerine songbirds.
  2. British slang to describe a hissy fit.


A bird of the Parulidae family

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Extensive Definition

There are a number of Passeriformes (perching birds) called "warblers". They are not particularly closely related, but share some characteristics, such as being fairly small, active and insectivorous.
They are mostly brownish or dull greenish in color, of small size, easier seen than heard, and hard to identify to species. To Old World birders, "warblers" are the archetypal "LBJs" ("little brown jobs").

Sylvioid "warblers"

These are somewhat closer related to each other than to other "warblers". They belong to a superfamily also containing Old World babblers, bulbuls, etc.

Passeroid "warblers"

The two families of American "warblers" are part of another superfamily, which unites them with sparrows, buntings, finches, etc


These are closely related to the titmice and chickadees
These are the most distinct group of "warblers". They are not closely related at all to the others, but rather to the honeyeaters and fairy-wrens.
warbler in French: Fauvette
warbler in Ido: Silvio

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