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grasshopper sparrow

a brown and white North American sparrow, Ammodramus savannarum, having a buffy breast and a buzzing insectlike song.
Origin of grasshopper sparrow
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • If you are near enough to this perch you may overhear the zee-e-e-e-e-e-e-e that has earned it the name of grasshopper sparrow.

    Bird Neighbors Neltje Blanchan
  • The grasshopper sparrow is an adept in leading an intruder from the vicinity of its nest.

  • The grasshopper sparrow is an uncommon spring and possibly fall migrant in Coahuila.

  • Their nesting habits are very similar to those of the grasshopper sparrow, the nests being difficult to find.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • Mr. Silloway writes at length and enthusiastically of the grasshopper sparrow.

  • In this respect it resembles the grasshopper sparrow, and like it is easily overlooked.

  • It has the general habits of the grasshopper sparrow and its notes are equally unmusical.

    What Bird is That? Frank M. Chapman
  • This is the third and rarest member of the trio of small, retiring Sparrows of which the grasshopper sparrow is the commonest.

    What Bird is That? Frank M. Chapman
  • With the general proportions of the grasshopper sparrow, but the underparts distinctly streaked and the nape olive.

    What Bird is That? Frank M. Chapman
  • Eight specimens of the grasshopper sparrow taken recently in Louisiana are without exception referable to pratensis.

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