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house sparrow

Syllabification: house spar·row

Definition of house sparrow in English:

noun

A brown and gray sparrow that nests in the eaves and roofs of houses, common from Europe to southern Asia and introduced elsewhere. Also called English sparrow.
  • Passer domesticus, family Passeridae (or Ploceidae)
Example sentences
  • The usual birds of winter were out there - chickadees, cardinals, blue jays, doves, starlings, mockingbirds, house sparrows, white-throats, mallards, and black ducks - but nothing remarkable.
  • The oldest recorded Old World sparrow was a house sparrow that lived to be 13 years and 4 months in the wild.
  • The house sparrow was introduced to multiple locations in North America from Europe in the 1850s.

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