noun Southern U.S.

Origin of reedbird

First recorded in 1640–50; reed + bird Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reedbird

Historical Examples of reedbird

  • 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
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