Passer


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms, Idioms, Wikipedia.

Passer

 

a genus of birds of the weaver finch family of the order Pas seriformes. As a rule the males and females have different coloring; for males, a black throat is characteristic. They may be either settled or nomadic; some are migratory. They nest in tree hollows, burrows, or buildings or make globe-shaped nests in trees. Many species make their habitat in populated areas. They are grain-eating birds; the young first feed on insects and, later, on seeds. There are 16 species, distributed over Africa, Europe, and Asia. Some species have been imported into America, Australia, and New Zealand. There are seven species in the USSR. The house sparrow (Passer domesticus) is found in settled places everywhere except in the north and in parts of the Far East. The species P. indicus, similar in color to the house sparrow but migratory and tending to prefer uninhabited areas, is found in Central Asia. The tree sparrow (P. montanus) is widely distributed throughout the USSR; it does not occur, however, in the north and in the Kamchatka. Spanish spar-rows (P. hispaniolensis) are numerous in Central Asia and Transcaucasia; they nest in huge colonies in trees. The saxaul sparrow (P. ammodendri) and the desert sparrow (P. simplex), as well as the russet sparrow (P. rutilans), found on Sakhalin and the South Kuril Islands, live in the wilderness and do not associate with man. The species P. indicus and P. hispaniolensis are destroyers of grain crops and they are combated with poisonous bait.

REFERENCE

Ptitsy Sovetskogo Soiuza. Edited by G. P. Dement’ev and N. A. Gladkov. Vol. 5. Moscow 1954.

G. P. DEMENT’EV

References in periodicals archive ?
The Texans are good at getting to the quarterback but their passer is often under siege.
As a starting point, we estimate a simple regression model in which we analyze the relationship between the passer's race and the race of the shooter.
Yet he is still an elite passer, surrounded by a plethora of receivers who make a ton of yards after the catch.
Because of the small sample size, the strengths of the repairs for the various passers were compared by a nonparametric Mann-Whitney test.
The typical undercover scenario begins with the arrest of a check passer who agrees to cooperate and introduce investigators to others involved in the fraud.
At the outset we would freely admit that poem 2 is alive with erotic suggestion and that the passer is an obvious part of the picture.
And worse, this problem of having only about 25 percent passers and too many law schools failing with zero passers has bedeviled the bar exams since the 1980s.
They rank first in several important categories: yards allowed, points allowed, sacks and opponents' passer rating.
Devant cette aisance, des journaux n'avaient pas de place pour faire passer la publicite et etaient contraints de faire passer un communique dans lequel ils annoncaient qu'ils n'acceptaient plus la publicite de l'Anep.
Les voyageurs ont du passer la nuit a l'aeroport, et ont vu leur autorisation pour transiter vers la France refusee alors qu'ils etaient munis de visas Schengen.
Houbara, hawks, collared dove pigeon, sparrow (Passer), yellow-headed passer, and diamond pigeon were released on Sunday in Al Khawaneej area 2.