dunnock

(redirected from dunnocks)
Also found in: Thesaurus.
Related to dunnocks: hedge sparrow

dunnock

(ˈdʌnək)
n
(Animals) another name for hedge sparrow
[C15: from dun2 + -ock]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dunnock - small brownish European songbirddunnock - small brownish European songbird  
accentor - small sparrow-like songbird of mountainous regions of Eurasia
Translations

dunnock

[ˈdʌnək] Nacentor m (común)
References in periodicals archive ?
I regularly get blackbirds and dunnocks nesting in the bushes and ivy in my garden, and occasionally robins and wrens, while I don't doubt there are starlings in the eaves.
Birds along the woodland trail, such as robins, dunnocks and blackbirds, as well as house sparrows around the visitor centre, have started to sing as they defend their nesting areas.
The cheery, if rather reedy, little ditty that is the hallmark of the relatively unprepossessing dunnocks has also been ringing out.
Some of the scrub will be cut back to create a patchwork of grass, flowers and bushes, enabling the bramble to regenerate over the coming years and provide cover for nesting birds such as Whitethroats and Dunnocks.
Thrushes and dunnocks also prefer to feed on the ground and can be found searching among autumn leaves for insects and grubs.
Other good news is an increase in the numbers of more secretive birds like wrens and dunnocks in Wales this year.
For instance, sunflower hearts attract coal tits and chaffinches, a ground mix will work for dunnocks and wrens, while sparrows eat almost anything.
Our own, hard-working, native dunnocks have to get up early in the morning to feed them, while the cuckoo idles about in the tree canopy.
It also provides excellent habitat for other bird species, the meadow pipits and dunnocks, both of which become unsuspecting foster parents to cuckoo eggs.
Other losers were dunnocks, down by 16% in Tyne Wear, 10% in County Durham and 12% in Northumberland.
Species nesting in hedges include blackbirds, wrens, robins, bullfinches, whitethroats, linnets, yellowhammers, dunnocks and willow warblers.
Dunnocks and robins are among the earliest to warm up.