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fox sparrow

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  1. a North American sparrow, Passerella iliaca, having a bright rufous tail and streaked breast.
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Origin of fox sparrow

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65
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  • In February, one may hear, in the Smithsonian grounds, the song of the fox-sparrow.

    Wake-Robin

    John Burroughs

  • Our song-sparrow, fox-sparrow, the whitethroat and others are among the best of American singing birds.

  • Second to none in delicate beauty of coloring, king of his tribe, is the fox-sparrow.