yellowhammer

yellowhammer
/yel"oh ham'euhr/, n.
1. a common European bunting, Emberiza citrinella, the male of which is marked with bright yellow.
2. Chiefly Southern U.S. a flicker, Colaptes auratus, having yellow wing and tail linings.
[1550-60; earlier also yelamber, yelambre, prob. continuing OE *geolu-amore, equiv. to geolu YELLOW + amore presumably, the bunting (c. OS amer, OHG amaro; see EMBERIZINE); forms with -h- perh. reflect blending with another etymon, later conformed to HAMMER (cf. dial. yellowham)]

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or yellow bunting

Songbird species (Emberiza citrinella, family Emberizidae) found from Britain to central Asia.

The name is derived from the German Ammer ("bunting"). Yellowhammers are 6 in. (16 cm) long and have a streaked brown body, yellow-tinged head and breast, and a rapid song. In the southern U.S., the yellow-shafted flicker is called yellowhammer because of its drumming.

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bird
also called  Yellow Bunting 
 (Emberiza citrinella), Eurasian bird belonging to the family Emberizidae (order Passeriformes). The name is derived from the German Ammer, “bunting.” It is a 16-centimetre- (6-inch-) long streaked brown bird with yellow-tinged head and breast. Its rapid song is heard in fields from Britain to Central Asia.

      In the southern United States a woodpecker, the yellow-shafted flicker (see flicker), is often called yellowhammer, on account of its drumming.

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