Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fringilline bird, Melospisa palusiris, abundant in eastern North America., related to and much resembling the song-sparrow, inhabiting the. shrubbery of swamps, marshes, and brakes (whence the name). It is 5¾ inches long, and 7¾ in extent, with the plumage streaked above with black, gray, and bright bay, below mostly ashy and little streaked, the throat whitish, the crown bright-chestnut, and the forehead black. This sparrow is a sweet songster; it nests in low bushes, and lays four or five speckled and clouded eggs. It is a migratory bird, breeding in New England and Canada, and wintering in the Southern States. More fully- called by Coues swamp song-sparrow.
“The eyes of the swamp-sparrow were not trained to take in the color glories, but he saw what we might have missed; that two of the numberless leafy brown bumps under the broad cabbage-leaves were furry, living things, with noses that never ceased to move up and down whatever else was still.”
“A little brown swamp-sparrow was teetering on a long rush in the pond.”
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