grasshopper sparrow

noun

Definition of grasshopper sparrow

: a small American sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) that is grayish brown above with a pale belly and has a high-pitched buzzing song that resembles the stridulation of grasshoppers

Examples of grasshopper sparrow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bell Bowl contains at least 164 species of plants, many of which are rare, and birders have found rare nesting birds such as the grasshopper sparrow. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, 28 Oct. 2021 Breeding occurs throughout the year, and the grasshopper sparrow might nest upward of three times during a season. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 1 Oct. 2021 Florida’s grasshopper sparrow subspecies was the rarest bird in the continental U.S. just a few years ago, but a captive breeding program has numbers climbing. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 1 Oct. 2021 Observers spotted a Cory’s shearwater at Apponagansett Bay in Dartmouth, a marsh wren at Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Plymouth, and a grasshopper sparrow at Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Dec. 2019 There was a red-throated loon at Spy Pond in Arlington, and a grasshopper sparrow and an Eastern meadowlark at Bear Creek Sanctuary in Saugus. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Dec. 2019 Observers spotted eight red-eyed vireos, four winter wrens, two grasshopper sparrows, 12 hermit thrushes, and 16 field sparrows. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Oct. 2019 Grassland birds, such as meadowlarks and grasshopper sparrows, took the biggest hit. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, 20 Sep. 2019 Reports from Crane WMA in Falmouth included 2 American kestrels, 9 Eastern phoebes, 2 grasshopper sparrows, 18 Eastern towhees, 2 bobolink, 4 Eastern meadowlarks, a dickcissel, and 2 blue grosbeaks. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of grasshopper sparrow

1898, in the meaning defined above

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5 Nov 2021

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“Grasshopper sparrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grasshopper%20sparrow. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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