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Snowbird

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snowbird

(Science: zoology) An arctic finch (Plectrophenax, or Plectrophanes, nivalis) common, in winter, both in Europe and the united states, and often appearing in large flocks during snowstorms. It is partially white, but variously marked with chestnut and brown.

Any finch of the genus junco which appears in flocks in winter time, especially J. Hyemalis in the Eastern united states; called also blue snowbird.

Synonym: snow bunting, snowflake, snowfleck, and snowflight.