house sparrow


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n house sparrow small hardy brown-and-grey bird native to Europe
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most frequently seen birds at feeders across North America last winter were the Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch and American goldfinch, along with downy woodpeckers, blue jays, mourning doves, black-capped chickadees, house sparrows, northern cardinals and european starlings.
    • House sparrow (Zoöl) the common European sparrow (Passer domesticus). It has recently been introduced into America, where it has become very abundant, esp. in cities. Called also thatch sparrow.
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In literature:

Each morning, when the pink on the mountain tops told that the sun was near, the sparrow perched on the roof of the house and sang out his joy.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
They reported House Sparrows also from the Chorro del Agua and in the high mountain valley south of Diamante Pass.
"Birds from Coahuila, Mexico" by Emil K. Urban
Compare the size and form of the song-sparrow with that of the house-sparrow (English).
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Sparrow, The House-, 153.
"Harper's Young People, 1880 Index" by Various
Arriving at the sparrow's house she began to flatter Mr. Sparrow by soft speeches.
"Japanese Fairy World" by William Elliot Griffis
They seem with us like the sparrows, as much as if the house stood in the midst of the woods at home.
"The Hills and the Vale" by Richard Jefferies
The whole house was burned, and the sparrow perished with it, while the young couple fortunately escaped with their lives.
"Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
Among birds, the house sparrow may be cited as a species known to have extended its range with the tillage of the soil.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
They played "The Naked Sparrow," and "The Highest House-number" at six-pfenning points.
"The Undying Past" by Hermann Sudermann
Train your eye by watching house sparrows (so-called English sparrows) and fixing their length as a unit.
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney

In poetry:

Though like sparrow sit thy bird
Lonely on the house-top dark,
By the rosy dawning stirred
Up will soar thy praising lark;
"Song of A Poor Pilgrim" by George MacDonald

In news:

Nicole Richie, carrying son Sparrow, is pictured on her way to celebrate daughter Harlow Madden's 3rd birthday at a private party at the Tree House Social Club in Beverly Hills, CA.
Anna's Hummingbirds, young naturalists, oil sands, nearshore albatross, photo gallery of rare-bird sightings, and saving the House Sparrow .
Louis Agassiz Fuertes/Special to the News Sentinel Formerly called pigeon hawks (due to their size similarity to pigeons), merlins are more likely to eat small house sparrows than larger pigeons.
If you're looking for numbers on a daily bird trip, you have to include the common "yard birds " like European starling, mockingbird, robin, house sparrow, etc.
The Bluebird Recovery Program was founded in 1979 in an effort to rehabilitate the population after habitat loss and competition with non-native species such as starlings and house sparrows nearly wiped out the bluebirds .
Created three years ago by the House Theater in Chicago, "The Sparrow" opened this week at Renegade 's Teatro Zuccone and provides a dazzling theatrical experience unlike anything we have seen in town in recent years.