Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small fringilline bird of the United States, the Spizella pusilla or S. agrestis, closely resembling and related to the chipping-sparrow, S. socialis or S. domestica.

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Examples

  • "You consider, doubtless, that a field-sparrow is not a creature of much importance; but do you know that he consumes half a bushel of corn annually?"

    Willis the Pilot

  • A field-sparrow came hopping through the grass in search of insects, and the little bee pressed herself close to the ground and kept very quiet until the bird had gone.

    The Adventures of Maya the Bee

  • Among the finches one of the most musical and plaintive songs is that of the bush-sparrow—I do not know why the books call it field-sparrow, for it does not dwell in the open fields like the vesperfinch, the savannah-sparrow, and grasshopper-sparrow, but among the cedars and bayberry bushes and young locusts in the same places where the prairie warbler is found.

    IX. Outdoors and Indoors

  • Among the finches one of the most musical and plaintive songs is that of the bush-sparrow -- I do not know why the books call it field-sparrow, for it does not dwell in the open fields like the vesperfinch, the savannah-sparrow, and grasshopper-sparrow, but among the cedars and bayberry bushes and young locusts in the same places where the prairie warbler is found.

    An Autobiography

  • No cowbirds have been seen since the first week of the month, save the young one on the stump, which the field-sparrow was feeding this morning.

    Some Summer Days in Iowa

  • Into a nest found a month ago, at the foot of a yarrow stalk, the cowbird had sneaked three speckled eggs, leaving only one of the pretty eggs of the field-sparrow.

    Some Summer Days in Iowa

  • I listened to the delightsome song of the field-sparrow.

    Little Brothers of the Air

  • The following are among its most frequent dupes, given somewhat in the order of the bird's apparent choice: song-sparrow, field-sparrow, yellow warbler, chipping-sparrow, other sparrows,

    My Studio Neighbors

  • I was not only nearer to some of those which commonly frequent the garden and the orchard, but to those wilder and more thrilling songsters of the forest which never, or rarely, serenade a villager, -- the wood-thrush, the veery, the scarlet tanager, the field-sparrow, the whippoorwill, and many others.

    Walden, or Life in the woods

  • I was not only nearer to those which commonly frequent the garden and the orchard, but to those wilder and more thrilling songsters of the forest which never, or rarely, serenade a villager-the wood-thrush, the veery, the scarlet tanager, the field-sparrow, the whippoorwill, and many others.

    Respiratory Therapy 101: Just Keep Breathing

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