chiffchaff

chiffchaff

[chif-chaf, -chahf]
noun
a common, greenish Old World warbler, Phylloscopus collybita.

Origin:
1770–80; gradational compound; imitative

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chiffchaff (ˈtʃɪfˌtʃæf)
 
n
a common European warbler, Phylloscopus collybita, with a yellowish-brown plumage
 
[C18: imitative of its call]

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chiffchaff

(Phylloscopus collybita), warbler (family Sylviidae, order Passeriformes) of western Eurasia, named for its song. This greenish brown bird, 11 cm (4.5 inches) long, with pale eye stripe, restlessly hunts insects in trees and makes a domed nest near the ground

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