tree sparrow

noun

Definition of tree sparrow 

1 : a Eurasian sparrow (Passer montanus) that has a black spot on the ear coverts

2 : a North American sparrow (Spizella arborea) that has a single dark spot on the breast and breeds in Alaska and northern Canada and winters in the U.S.

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And bees aren’t the only ones—bird species like tree sparrows, which nest on the ground and breed during the summer, are also at risk. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "The Early Birds Might Be Crowding Out the Bees," 15 June 2017

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circa 1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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