Definition of song sparrow in US English:

song sparrow


  • A North American bird related to the buntings, having streaky brown and gray plumage and noted for its constant and characteristic song.

    Melospiza melodia, family Emberizidae (subfamily Emberizinae)

    • ‘He describes flight behavior, feathers, and other detailed characteristics of birds such as the song sparrow, shown here.’
    • ‘Many birds, like the song sparrow that is a common casualty in Chicago, are nocturnal migrants, meaning they travel at night.’
    • ‘The thistle feeder is dominated by goldfinches, although an occasional house finch or song sparrow sneaks a snack.’
    • ‘Our most common year-around sparrow is the song sparrow.’
    • ‘Now, the song sparrow is a very elusive creature, and it rarely lets you get closer than 25 or 30 feet away from it.’