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clay-colored sparrow

a sparrow, Spizella pallida, of the interior of North America, having buff, brown, and white plumage with a pale-gray breast.
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An Americanism dating back to 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • One of my new acquaintances was a little bird which is known as the clay-colored sparrow.

    Our Bird Comrades

    Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser

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