Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A thrushlike North American warbler (Seiurus aurocapillus) having a shrill call and characteristically building a domed, oven-shaped nest on the ground. Also called teacher bird.
  • n. Any of various South American birds of the family Furnariidae, especially of the genus Furnarius.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several birds

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any species of the genus Furnarius, allied to the creepers. They inhabit South America and the West Indies, and construct curious oven-shaped nests.
  • n. In the United States, Seiurus aurocapillus; -- called also golden-crowned thrush.
  • n. In England, sometimes applied to the willow warbler, and to the long-tailed titmouse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The golden-crowned thrush, Siurus auricapillus, an oscine passerine bird of the family Mniotiltidæ: so called from the fact that its nest is arched or roofed over like an oven.
  • n. Any bird of the South American family Furnariidæ, which builds a domed or oven-like nest. See cut under Furnarius.
  • n. The long-tailed titmouse, Acredula rosea.
  • n. The willow-warbler, Phylloscopus trochilus. Also called ground-oven and oven-tit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. American warbler; builds a dome-shaped nest on the ground
  • n. small brownish South American birds that build oven-shaped clay nests

Etymologies

From its oven-shaped nest.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Dr Deanna Dawson of the US Geological Survey (USGS) said that the ovenbird was the ideal species for testing out the new method.

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  • According to Dr Deanna Dawson of the US Geological Survey the ovenbird was the ideal species for testing out the new method.

    BBC News | News Front Page | UK Edition

  • The mixed mesophytic forest in coves supports a large variety of nesting birds, including the wood thrush, ovenbird, summer tanager, rose-breasted grosbeak, and all the other species already named.

    Central Appalachian Broadleaf Forest - Coniferous Forest - Meadow Province (Bailey)

  • Similarly, western bird species such as the western flycatcher and the western tanager are at the eastern limits of their range in the Black Hills; they share habitats with eastern bird species, such as the ovenbird and indigo bunting.

    Ecoregions of Wyoming (EPA)

  • Evolution of the ovenbird-woodcreeper assemblage (Aves: Furnariidae) – major shifts in nest architecture and adaptive radiation.

    Archive 2006-05-01

  • Tripophaga (=Phacellodomus) berlepschi, Russet-mantled Softtail (an ovenbird)

    Who Was Berlepsch?

  • The thickly grassed hillside sloped down in front of me to a belt of forest from which rose the golden, leisurely chiming of the wood thrushes, chanting their vespers; through the still air came the warble of vireo and tanager; and after nightfall we heard the flight song of an ovenbird from the same belt of timber.

    IX. Outdoors and Indoors

  • The vireos, the cardinal and the tanager add to the brilliancy and the ovenbird and veery to the melody.

    Some Spring Days in Iowa

  • Another haunter of the dusky depths of the woods is the ovenbird.

    Our Bird Comrades

  • As well as helping assess populations of cryptic bird species such as the ovenbird, the new technique might be applied to measuring hard-to-reach populations of marine mammals, such as whales and dolphins.

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