[ reed-burd ]
/ ˈridˌbɜrd /

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

  • 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

/ (ˈriːdˌbɜːd) /


any of several birds that frequent reed beds, esp (in the US and Canada) the bobolink
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