chipping sparrow


chip·​ping sparrow ˈchi-piŋ- How to pronounce chipping sparrow (audio)
: a small gray-breasted North American sparrow (Spizella passerina) with a black line through the eye, a white line above it, and in breeding plumage a reddish patch on the top of the head

Examples of chipping sparrow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This type of behavioral change was also found in the chipping sparrow. Gabriella Sotelo, Treehugger, 26 July 2023 The club moss, or the beaver, or the chipping sparrow, or the black crappie, or wild rice? Pamela Miller, Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 Spotting the black-throated grey warbler was a highlight, along with the chipping sparrow. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 June 2021 Some birds, like the pine warbler, the chipping sparrow, and the dark-eyed junco — which all produce loud, musical trills — have similar-sounding songs., 23 Apr. 2021 In addition, the space is becoming a great place to bird-watch, with species such as Indigo Bunting, chipping sparrows, pheasants, goldfinch and catbirds. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, 3 Sep. 2019 Permanent resident pine warblers, Eastern bluebirds, field sparrows and chipping sparrows also seemed to be making a good living in the short grass. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, 9 Mar. 2018 See More

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Word History


chip to cheep

First Known Use

1791, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chipping sparrow was in 1791

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“Chipping sparrow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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chipping sparrow

chip·​ping sparrow ˈchip-iŋ- How to pronounce chipping sparrow (audio)
: a small North American sparrow whose song is a fast trill
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