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prothonotary warbler

a wood warbler, Protonotaria citrea, of the eastern U.S., having an orange-yellow head and underparts, and bluish-gray wings and tail.
Origin of prothonotary warbler
1780-90, Americanism; so called because its coloration resembles the robes traditionally worn by prothonotaries Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • For its size, the prothonotary warbler sure is loud.
  • Spring migrations produce an abundance of wood warblers, including the prothonotary warbler.
  • Birds are numerous at the lake edge and include prothonotary warbler and nesting bald eagle.
  • The brightly colored prothonotary warbler and wood duck are relatively common.

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