snow bunting



a bunting, Plectrophenax nivalis, of the northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere having white plumage.

Origin of snow bunting

First recorded in 1765–75
Also called snowbird, snowflake. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for snow bunting

Historical Examples of snow bunting

  • They differ from the snow-bunting of the far north, with which they must not be confounded.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The snow-bunting is also met with in the northern districts of Asia and America.

    Everyday Objects

    W. H. Davenport Adams

  • It comes from an old acquaintance from the home land, the snoesparfven or snoelaerkan, the snow-bunting (Emberiza nivalis, L.).

  • On May 3d we were again visited by a snow-bunting, and a couple of days later by two more.

    Farthest North

    Fridtjof Nansen

  • Siskins come at uncertain intervals; and in very severe seasons the snow-bunting is sometimes noticed.


    Leo H. (Leo Hartley) Grindon

British Dictionary definitions for snow bunting

snow bunting


a bunting, Plectrophenax nivalis, of northern and arctic regions, having a white plumage with dark markings on the wings, back, and tail
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