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sparrow

small gray-brown bird with a universal distribution.

Eurasian tree sparrow
a denizen of rural areas, in copses and spinneys. Called also Passer montanus.
house sparrow
the town bird. Called also Passer domesticus.
Java sparrow
a large gray or white finch (up to 6 inches and 30 g) used as a companion bird; called also Padda oryzivora.
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The sparrows came fluttering about them, and Ralph produced from his pocket the half of a roll saved from his luncheon.
she says it's a pity to kill the pretty singing birds, but the naughty sparrows, and mice, and rats, I may do what I like with.
As Miss Mills spoke in her motherly tone, and cast a proud and happy look toward the warm and quiet nest in which she had sheltered this friendless little sparrow, feeling sure that God meant her to keep it from falling to the ground, Polly put both arms about her neck, and kissed her withered cheek with as much loving reverence as if she had been a splendid saint, for in the likeness of this plain old maid she saw the lovely charity that blesses and saves the world.
It was in the Umpqua Valley that they heard the parable of the white sparrow.
There were sparrow hawks, with white breasts, and kestrels, and down the slopes scampered, with their long legs, several fine fat bustards.
Today I sat before my colleagues like a bear's cub or a plucked sparrow, so that I fairly burned with shame.
For she was a Carlist, and of Basque blood at that, with something of a lioness in the expression of her courageous face (especially when she let her hair down), and with the volatile little soul of a sparrow dressed in fine Parisian feathers, which had the trick of coming off disconcertingly at unexpected moments.
On the road he met a sparrow that said to him, 'Why are you so sad, my friend?
Weeks put his head on one side so that he looked like a sparrow on a perch.
Do you remember how we went to the Sparrow Hills with Madame Jacquot?
While Peter lived, the tortured man felt that he was a lion in a cage into which a sparrow had come.
On the 13th of March, after I had heard the bluebird, song sparrow, and red-wing, the ice was still nearly a foot thick.