Youth's Magazine,  3rd ser. 4 (1831), 124–28.

Remarkable Anecdote of a Sparrow

G Wells, Lambeth




Ornithology, Animal Behaviour, Anthropomorphism, Menageries

    Introduces the anecdote by noting that the 'common sparrow is a species of bird which commands the least attention', but that 'after the perusal of the following anecdote, it may ever be looked upon with admiration' (124). The anecdote concerns a sparrow which was used to solicit alms from Anne C Helvétius. Describes her 'singular attachment to birds', the 'large aviary' at her country residence, and her knowledge of the subject.

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