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field sparrow

a common North American finch, Spizella pusilla, found in brushy pasturelands.
Origin of field sparrow
An Americanism dating back to 1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A wood thrush's voice rang out at intervals from somewhere beyond the ploughed land, and a field sparrow chanted nearer by.

    Spring notes from Tennessee Bradford Torrey
  • Apparently the field sparrow stopped singing and went to work providing for his family of three.

    Some Summer Days in Iowa Frederick John Lazell
  • Its only note while it sojourns here is a chip or cheep which very closely resembles the note of the field sparrow in winter.

  • This pale colored species is the size of the field sparrow but has no decided markings anywhere.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • A field sparrow sang from the border of the grass land at the same moment.

    Spring notes from Tennessee Bradford Torrey
  • The cock-bird flew up with a May-fly, making a soft alarm-note something like that made by a field sparrow, only gentler.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • Other birds that frequently use the crab-apple tree as a nest site include the field sparrow, towhee and indigo bunting.

  • 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
  • The field sparrow and the song sparrow are still in tune, and the meadow lark whistles, though rarely.

    The Foot-path Way Bradford Torrey
  • In the song sparrow, field sparrow, chipping sparrow, and the fox sparrow the male and female are very nearly alike in color.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker

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