house sparrow


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house sparrow

n.
A small bird (Passer domesticus) native to the Old World but widely naturalized elsewhere, having brown and gray plumage with a black throat in the adult male. Also called English sparrow.

house sparrow

n
(Animals) a small Eurasian weaverbird, Passer domesticus, now established in North America and Australia. It has a brown streaked plumage with grey underparts. Also called (US): English sparrow

house′ spar`row


n.
a hardy brown and gray songbird, Passer domesticus, native to Eurasia: now common in much of the world near human habitation.
Also called English sparrow.
[1665–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.house sparrow - small hardy brown-and-grey bird native to Europehouse sparrow - small hardy brown-and-grey bird native to Europe
sparrow, true sparrow - any of several small dull-colored singing birds feeding on seeds or insects
genus Passer, Passer - type genus of the Passeridae
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Many researchers have reported that in urban areas lack of insects, might be an important factor in the reported decline of house sparrow populations (Wotton et al.
There is slightly better news for the house sparrow, as its long term decline appears to have continued to slow, and it remains the most commonly spotted bird in our gardens nationally.
House sparrow numbers dropped by 19% in Tyne Wear gardens and starlings by 20% compared to last year.
The house sparrow is fast disappearing from India's rapidly-growing cities, and experts claim that a number of factors like high pollution and a growing use of insecticides are to blame.
Starlings and house sparrows are the worst hit, with the numbers of both species in freefall in the region.
The conservation of the house sparrow and its habitat will not only save much of the common biodiversity but provide a better environment for other bird species, too, say bird lovers.
It's important that we keep a close eye on how our birds are faring, like the house sparrow for example.
By regularly topping up feeders, this could increase house sparrow numbers in your area.
YOUR News Quiz on Friday, November 21, asks a question about the decline of house sparrows.
Three species comprised 80% of samples (chicken [38%], Rock Dove or Domestic Pigeon [28%], and House Sparrow [16%]).
City officials were persuaded by house sparrow advocates to pay the cost of importing them by the cratefull to American cities.
But for the house sparrow, the reasons remain a mystery.