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.

1780–90, Americanism; so called because its coloration resembles the robes traditionally worn by prothonotaries Unabridged
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