[uhv-uh n-burd]
  1. an American warbler, Seiurus aurocapillus, that builds an oven-shaped nest of leaves, twigs, etc., on the forest floor.
  2. any of several South American passerine birds of the genus Furnarius of the family Furnariidae, certain species of which build an oven-shaped nest.

Origin of ovenbird

First recorded in 1815–25; oven + bird
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Examples from the Web for ovenbird

Historical Examples of ovenbird

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

    Our Bird Comrades

    Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser

  • It is only by a happy accident that this nest of the ovenbird is discovered.

    Bird Neighbors

    Neltje Blanchan

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

    Some Spring Days in Iowa

    Frederick John Lazell

  • Or would it be a ball of leaves and grasses on the ground, with a tiny doorway in one side, like that of the Ovenbird?

    Among the Forest People

    Clara Dillingham Pierson

  • Mrs. Ovenbird felt her nest roof crush down upon her for a minute as two people rolled and growled outside.

    Among the Night People

    Clara Dillingham Pierson

British Dictionary definitions for ovenbird


  1. any of numerous small brownish South American passerine birds of the family Furnariidae that build oven-shaped clay nests
  2. a common North American warbler, Seiurus aurocapillus, that has an olive-brown striped plumage with an orange crown and builds a cup-shaped nest on the ground
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