1908Haagner & IvySketches of S. Afr. Bird-Life 87The Cape sparrow (Passer melanurus), or mossie as it is called by the Colonial (Dutch and English alike), is the South African equivalent of the English House Sparrow.
1936E.L. GillFirst Guide to S. Afr. Birds 21The cock mossie, with his black head, white eye-stripe and cinnamon back, is a handsome and unmistakeable bird.
1959Cape Argus 22 Aug. 5The mossies in her neighbourhood never seem to stray more than a few blocks away.
1963J. Packer inC.M. BooysenTales of S. Afr. 183Mr. and Mrs. Mossie are a pair of Cape sparrows (mossies to you and me) and very different they are from their scruffy little London relatives.
1970D.M. McMasterInformant, Cathcart (E. Cape)Who ever calls a sparrow anything but a mossie, or a Red-chested cuckoo anything but a Piet-myn-vrou?
1971D.A.C. MaclennanWake. 30The Bible says, not even a little mossie can fall to the ground without our heavenly father knows it.