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[reed-burd] /ˈridˌbɜrd/
noun, Southern U.S.
Origin of reedbird
First recorded in 1640-50; reed + bird Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It goes North as the bobolink and goes South as the reedbird or ricebird.

    Endurance Test

    Alan Douglas
  • He even loses his name, and is called reedbird, after his hiding-place.

    Citizen Bird

    Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
  • In July, after nesting, the male molts into a plumage resembling that of the female, when both are known as reedbird.

    What Bird is That? Frank M. Chapman
British Dictionary definitions for reedbird


any of several birds that frequent reed beds, esp (in the US and Canada) the bobolink
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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