house sparrow

noun

Definition of house sparrow 

: a sparrow (Passer domesticus) native to Eurasia that has been introduced worldwide and is found especially in urban and agricultural areas

called also English sparrow

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And house sparrows don’t care if a bluebird is already living in there. John Kelly, Washington Post, "The feathers are flying in the battle between bluebirds and their killers," 2 May 2018 Should house sparrows and European starlings — both imported from England by misguided humans — suffer? John Kelly, Washington Post, "It’s going to be hard for me to complain about other people’s leaf blowers," 6 May 2018 Sometimes, house sparrows are captured and relocated. John Kelly, Washington Post, "It’s going to be hard for me to complain about other people’s leaf blowers," 6 May 2018 For the sparrows study, Andrew and his team captured and measured about 40 adult house sparrows at each of 30 locations across Australia and New Zealand. Marlene Cimons, Washington Post, "Hot temperatures made these birds shrink," 21 Apr. 2018 But house sparrow and European starling threats remain. Barbara Boyer, Philly.com, "As bluebirds flock to South Jersey, groups work to make their locations feel like home," 5 Feb. 2018 But the group has recently launched an aggressive campaign against a postdoc at Yale University studying stress in wild house sparrows who is still near the beginning of her scientific career. Giorgia Guglielmi, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: A Viking warrior woman, PETA’s targeting of postdocs, and where spacecraft go to die," 15 Sep. 2017 That means they can be taken any time, along with house sparrows and starlings. Bill Monroe, OregonLive.com, "Sewage spill may threaten some sturgeon fishing Thursday," 25 Oct. 2017

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1653, in the meaning defined above

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