from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a small European and Asian passerine bird, Prunella modularis, the hedge sparrow
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The hedge sparrow or hedge accentor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The hedge-sparrow, Accentor modularis. Also dick-dunnock.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small brownish European songbird
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Not so its near orthographic neighbour the dunnock, which may not be too well, numbers-wise, but is still with us.
It is known to have mild effects on a wide range of British birds such as the dunnock, house sparrow, starling and the wood pigeon.
The coldest December on record had driven them to warmer climes, and during the day I managed to miss goldfinch, greenfinch, dunnock and song thrush as well.
It moved with the jerky progress of a mouse, a lovely bird full of bright character, like a runt dunnock, severely streaked but with a cocked tail and a beady eye, and just four inches long.
The local robins have been singing to guard their territories all winter, of course, but over the last couple of days I've heard them joined by blackbirds, great tits, chaffinches, skylarks and a small brown stripey bird that I think was a dunnock, all proclaiming, "This is my bit, come and set up home with me!"
And Hareton has been cast out like an unfledged dunnock!
Can your children identify the rambling ditty of a dunnock?
It has been known in species including dunnock, woodpigeons and house sparrows for many years.
A rum yellow thing appeared in the sky and gave out actual warmth, and every male chaffinch and dunnock opened his beak to ... photography classes, to birding, to an ...
A rum yellow thing appeared in the sky and gave out actual warmth, and every male chaffinch and dunnock opened his beak to ...