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

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Fragile newborn grasshopper sparrows are fed by hand. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Rare Florida sparrow could vanish this year and more birds could be at risk," 17 Jan. 2018 The dawn chorus was productive, though, providing grasshopper sparrow, scarlet tanager, summer tanager and yellow-throated vireo, to name a few. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Goal for a Big Day: Count as many bird species as you can find | Charlotte Observer," 14 May 2018 Officials say rare bird species such as bobolinks, grasshopper sparrows, and American kestrels breed on the grassland. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "Historic Cowtown Rodeo's grasslands preserved in $2.6-million deal," 9 Apr. 2018 DuBay and Fuldner studied five species: horned larks, red-headed woodpeckers, field sparrows, grasshopper sparrows and Eastern towhees. Ben Guarino, Washington Post, "Soot caught in bird feathers shows how catastrophic air pollution can be," 9 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of grasshopper sparrow

1898, in the meaning defined above

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