Definition of house sparrow in US English:

house sparrow


  • A brown and gray sparrow that nests in the eaves and roofs of houses, common from Europe to southern Asia and introduced elsewhere.

    Passer domesticus, family Passeridae (or Ploceidae)

    Also called English sparrow
    • ‘The oldest recorded Old World sparrow was a house sparrow that lived to be 13 years and 4 months in the wild.’
    • ‘That's counting the birds like starlings, rock doves and house sparrows, introduced species most birders don't even count!’
    • ‘The house sparrow was introduced to multiple locations in North America from Europe in the 1850s.’
    • ‘At this site, house sparrows often nest close to available food sources.’
    • ‘The usual birds of winter were out there - chickadees, cardinals, blue jays, doves, starlings, mockingbirds, house sparrows, white-throats, mallards, and black ducks - but nothing remarkable.’


house sparrow

/ˈhaʊs ˈˌspɛroʊ//ˈhous ˈˌsperō/