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1. A small bunting (Emberiza citrinella) native to Eurasia and northern Africa and introduced into New Zealand, having bright yellow plumage on the head, neck, and breast.

[By folk etymology from earlier yelambre, perhaps from Middle English *yelwambre : yelow, yellow; see yellow + Old English amore, a kind of bird.]
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1. (Animals) a European bunting, Emberiza citrinella, having a yellowish head and body and brown streaked wings and tail
2. (Animals) US and Canadian the yellow-shafted flicker, an American woodpecker. See flicker2
[C16: of uncertain origin]
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(ˈyɛl oʊˌhæm ər)

1. a common Eurasian bunting, Emberiza citrinella, the male of which is marked with bright yellow.
2. Southern U.S. a flicker, Colaptes auratus auratus, having yellow wing and tail linings.
[1550–60; probably from Old English *geolu-amore=geolu yellow + amore presumably, the bunting]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.yellowhammer - large flicker of eastern North America with a red neck and yellow undersurface to wings and tailyellowhammer - large flicker of eastern North America with a red neck and yellow undersurface to wings and tail
flicker - North American woodpecker
2.yellowhammer - European bunting the male being bright yellowyellowhammer - European bunting the male being bright yellow
bunting - any of numerous seed-eating songbirds of Europe or North America
Emberiza, genus Emberiza - Old World buntings
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[ˈjeləʊˌhæməʳ] Nescribano m cerillo
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[ˈjɛləʊˌhæməʳ] n (Zool) → zigolo giallo
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Other birds are not faring well either, with yellowhammers, golden plover black grouse all declining.
For years, the one snatch of birdsong that I could guarantee hearing, especially towards the end of summer when most other birds had ceased singing, was the "little bit of bread and no cheese" ditty of the yellowhammer. There wasn't a hedgerow in the neighbouring landscape that did not have yellowhammers uttering that repetitive little song, time and time again.
These include fieldfares, starlings, house sparrows, song thrushes and yellowhammers. The most plentiful of these were fieldfares and starlings, which were seen on nearly 40 per cent of the farms taking part.
These included fieldfares, starlings, house sparrows, song thrushes and yellowhammers.
Nearby is a disused Second World War century eming gonflies arby rld airbase, where corn bunting, yellowhammers, skylarks and hares gather.
FARMLAND and woodland birds have been hit hardest, including the wood warbler, the lesser spotted woodpecker, willow tit, yellowhammers, larks and wading birds like lapwing.
"Leaving the stubble in place, rather than immediately ploughing the field, gives chaffinches, tree sparrows, blue tits and yellowhammers, plus other birds and animals the opportunity to feed on this grain."
When we'd walked to the bus, there were always yellowhammers on the lower branches of the trees, singing their glorious "a little bit of bread and no cheese".
It is hoped that initiatives such as the Welsh Governments new agri-environment scheme - Glastir - will have a positive impact on the fortunes of struggling populations of birds such as yellowhammers.
The trend affects birds from Spain to Poland and includes the UK with big reductions in skylarks, lapwings and yellowhammers.
Three-quarters of the skylark population has been wiped out while half of all song thrushes and yellowhammers have disappeared.