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white-throated sparrow

[hwahyt-throh-tid, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˌθroʊ tɪd, ˈwaɪt-/
noun
1.
a common North American finch, Zonotrichia albicollis, having a white patch on the throat and a black and white striped crown.
Also called whitethroat.
Origin of white-throated sparrow
1805-1815
An Americanism dating back to 1805-15
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  • These are the chickadee, the white-throated sparrow, and the hermit-thrush.

  • I at last discovered that it was the white-throated sparrow, a common bird all through this region.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • I arrived too late the first spring, to hear the woodlands echo to the May-note of the white-throated sparrow.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • The white-throated sparrow, a large and very pretty bird, eats the seeds of smartweed and ragweed.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • There was nothing to break the silence except the thin clear whistle of the white-throated sparrow far back in the woods.

    Little Rivers Henry van Dyke
  • To make sure he whistled the plaintive notes of the white-throated sparrow.

    Running Fox Elmer Russell Gregor
  • As the darkness turned to the dusk of dawn, the first day-song was the beautiful minor strain of the white-throated sparrow.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • It was a cedar swamp, through which the peculiar note of the white-throated sparrow rang loud and clear.

    The Maine Woods

    Henry David Thoreau
  • Fringilla albicollis (white-throated sparrow), Kineo and after, apparently nesting; the prevailing bird early and late.

    The Maine Woods

    Henry David Thoreau
  • The principal singer was the white-throated sparrow, which we heard and saw everywhere on the route.

    Locusts and Wild Honey John Burroughs

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