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dusky seaside sparrow

noun
1.
See under seaside sparrow.
Also called dusky sparrow.

seaside sparrow

noun
1.
a species of sparrow, Ammospiza maritima, existing in two subspecies, one (Cape Sable seaside sparrow) having dark olive-drab plumage with a lighter breast and underbelly, and the other (dusky seaside sparrow) having bold black and white markings on the breast and underbelly: the dusky seaside sparrow is almost extinct.
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