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tree sparrow

noun
1.
a Eurasian bird, Passer montanus, related to but smaller than the house sparrow.
2.
a North American finch, Spizella arborea, common in winter in the northern U.S.
Origin of tree sparrow
1760-1770
1760-70
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  • Next came a tree sparrow, with his white wing-bar and brown-red patch on the crown of his head.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • Items recorded in winter but not in spring are house mouse, tree sparrow, and grasshopper.

    American Weasels E. Raymond Hall
  • I have not myself seen the tree sparrow in any of the other Islands.

  • This pale colored bird bears a remote resemblance to the tree sparrow.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • Francis H. Allen tells me that this warbler “has a chip note suggesting that of the tree sparrow but sharper.”

  • The tree sparrow, song sparrow, chipping sparrow, field sparrow and snowbird or junco are all great weed-seed destroyers.

    Checking the Waste Mary Huston Gregory
  • He was busily scratching on the ground; he is called a tree sparrow because never by any chance is he found in a tree.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • The tree sparrow, one of our most interesting sparrows, is another bird who does not fear the winter winds and storms.

  • The tree sparrow is another very local and uncommon species, and especially during the breeding season.

  • The tree sparrow, which comes to us from Hudson Bay and Labrador, lacks the stripes, but has the centre spot.

    The Log of the Sun William Beebe
British Dictionary definitions for tree sparrow

tree sparrow

noun
1.
a small European weaverbird, Passer montanus, similar to the house sparrow but having a brown head
2.
a small North American finch, Spizella arborea, having a reddish-brown head, grey underparts, and brown striped back and wings
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