Definition of ricebird in English:


Pronunciation /ˈrʌɪsbəːd/


  • 1US, Caribbean The bobolink, Dolichonyx oryzivorus, flocks of which often frequent rice fields while on migration. Compare "rice bunting", reed-bird .

  • 2Any of various other birds, especially songbirds, (supposedly) found in rice fields.

    Formerly frequently as an item of food, as were bobolinks.

  • 3The Java sparrow, Padda oryzivora (family Estrildidae), which frequents rice fields in Asia and is popular as a cage bird.


Early 18th century (in an earlier sense). From rice + bird.