Definitions

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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Emberizidae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A genus of American song sparrows and swamp sparrows.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of the finch family, Fringillidæ, founded by Baird in 1858, containing a number of fully spotted and streaked species peculiar to North America; the song-sparrows.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. American song sparrow and swamp sparrow

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Examples

  • _Melospiza lincolnii alticola_ (Miller and McCabe).

    Birds from Coahuila, Mexico

  • Of course, they were _Melospiza fasciata montana_, but their clear, bell-like trills were precise copies of those of the merry lowland minstrels of the East.

    Birds of the Rockies

  • _Melospiza fasciata_, to which I have so often listened in my native

    Birds of the Rockies

  • Consulting Professor W.W. Cooke's list of Colorado birds, I found that _Melospiza fasciata_ is marked "migratory, rare," and has been known thus far only in the extreme eastern part of the State; whereas _Melospiza fasciata montana_ is a summer resident, "common throughout the State in migration, and not uncommon as a breeder from the plains to eight thousand feet."

    Birds of the Rockies

  • This last was pretty certainly an improvised cadenza, such a thing as I do not remember ever to have heard before from _Melospiza melodia_.

    Birds in the Bush

  • Jim Adelman, a doctoral student at the University of Princeton, and a staff working with Michaela Hau and Martin Wikelski at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Radolfzell have now succeeded in measuring fever and illness-related behavioural changes in various populations of a North American bird species living in the wild, the song sparrow (Melospiza melodia).

    Lockergnome

  • Male song sparrows (Melospiza melodia) are territorial year-round; however, neuroendocrine responses to simulated territorial intrusion (STI) differ between breeding

    ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science

  • The researchers used radio telemetry to track the young song sparrows (Melospiza melodia) and monitor responses to recorded bird songs played over two speakers.

    PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories

  • Tutor choice intrigues Michael Beecher, who leads the research on song sparrows (Melospiza melodia) at the

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  • Admittedly, from the submitter’s point of view, a good argument could be made that this practice would tend to lead to, as Melospiza rightly points out, a big ol’ waste of money, not to mention trees, without really providing much benefit to the people who actually pay for the return postage.

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