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white-throated sparrow

[hwahyt-throh-tid, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˌθroʊ tɪd, ˈwaɪt-/
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
An Americanism dating back to 1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He was the white-throated sparrow, one of the largest and most interesting of his family.

    Upon The Tree-Tops Olive Thorne Miller
  • These are the chickadee, the white-throated sparrow, and the hermit-thrush.

  • My object in going was to hear a white-throated sparrow, who often sang in that vicinity.

    Upon The Tree-Tops Olive Thorne Miller
  • I at last discovered that it was the white-throated sparrow, a common bird all through this region.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • The note of the white-throated sparrow was the first heard in the morning, and with this all the woods rang.

    Canoeing in the wilderness Henry David Thoreau
  • 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
  • When he failed to hear it, he stopped and again whistled the notes of the white-throated sparrow.

    Running Fox Elmer Russell Gregor
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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