chipping sparrow

noun
chip·​ping sparrow | \ ˈchi-piŋ- How to pronounce chipping sparrow (audio) \

Definition of chipping sparrow

: 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 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. BostonGlobe.com, 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

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First Known Use of chipping sparrow

1791, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chipping sparrow

chip to cheep

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“Chipping sparrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chipping%20sparrow. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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