• synonyms

tree sparrow

  1. a Eurasian bird, Passer montanus, related to but smaller than the house sparrow.
  2. a North American finch, Spizella arborea, common in winter in the northern U.S.
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Origin of tree sparrow

First recorded in 1760–70
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Historical Examples

  • The tree-sparrow is perhaps the sweetest and most melodious warbler at present.

    Birds and All Nature, Vol. V, No. 4, April 1899


British Dictionary definitions for tree sparrow

tree sparrow

  1. a small European weaverbird, Passer montanus, similar to the house sparrow but having a brown head
  2. a small North American finch, Spizella arborea, having a reddish-brown head, grey underparts, and brown striped back and wings
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