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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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Nesting house sparrows select houses with gardens over all other habitats in urban areas, including green spaces such as parks and allotments, according to a study by the British Trust for Ornithology.
During the early 1970s, there were 12 million house sparrows in the UK.
The number of urban house sparrows has dropped by 50% in the past 25 years and has been blamed on the lack of safe nesting sites in city areas.
DELHI chief minister Sheila Dikshit is among those worried about the city's disappearing house sparrows.
As a rule, smaller seeds will attract house sparrows, dunnocks, finches and collared doves.
A total of 175 birds representing four species (49 Carolina Chickadees, Parus carolinensis, 55 House Sparrows, Passer domesticus, 37 Northern Cardinals, Cardinalis cardinalis and 34 House Finches, Carpodacus mexicanus) were examined.
HOUSE sparrows are starving because of the rise in concreted and decked gardens.
House sparrows are dying out and in recent years they have almost stopped visiting London's garden bird tables, decreasing by at least 65% between 1994 and 2005.
We compared the VecTest WNV antigen assay with standard methods of West Nile virus (WNV) detection in swabs from American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) and House Sparrows (Passer domesticus).
To get a better idea of what the birds are seeing, Hunt and her colleagues measured UV reflection from chick gapes and nests for barn swallows, blackbirds, house sparrows, and five other European species.
House sparrows, black-capped chickadees, and blue grouse dine on mistletoe berries, while porcupines devour whatever plant parts they can reach.
By the turn of the twentieth century, she had distributed 36,000 copies of a pamphlet that she had co-authored, calling for the destruction of house sparrows through the formation of sparrow clubs.