One of many species of small singing birds of the family Fringilligæ
, having conical bills, and feeding chiefly on seeds. Many sparrows are called also finches
, and buntings
. The common sparrow, or house sparrow, of Europe (Passer domesticus
) is noted for its familiarity, its voracity, its attachment to its young, and its fecundity. See House sparrow
, under House
. [1913 Webster
" The following American species are well known; the chipping sparrow, or chippy, the sage sparrow, the savanna sparrow, the song sparrow, the tree sparrow, and the white-throated sparrow (see Peabody bird). See these terms under Sage, Savanna, etc."