blackbird (plural blackbirds)
- A common true thrush, Turdus merula, found in woods and gardens over much of Eurasia, and introduced elsewhere.
- A variety of New World birds of the family Icteridae (26 species of icterid bird).
- (slang, derogatory, historical, among slavers and pirates) A native of the South Pacific islands.
terms derived from blackbird (noun)
- New World blackbird
- Bolivian blackbird (Agelaioides oreopsar)
- scarlet-headed blackbird (Amblyramphus holosericeus)
- Chopi blackbird (Gnorimopsar chopi)
- oriole blackbird (Gymnomystax mexicanus)
- Jamaican blackbird (Nesopsar nigerrimus)
- yellow-headed blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus)
- saffron-cowled blackbird (Xanthopsar flavus)
- Old World blackbird
Turdus merula: blackbird
bird of the family Icteridae
- To enslave someone, especially through chicanery or force
- 2005, Wal F. Bird, Me No Go Mally Bulla: Recruiting and Blackbirding in the Queensland Labour Trade 1863–1906, published by Ginninderra Press, ISBN 1740272897, ISBN 9781740272896
- 2000, Kate Fortune and Brij V. Lal, The Pacific Islands: An Encyclopedia – Volume 1, published by University of Hawaiʻi, p. 208, ISBN 0-8248-2265-X
- “At the same time, island communities — especially in coastal areas, where the effect of population loss was often enormous — sometimes retaliated against blackbirding raids.”