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Contend the noise is made by a bird (7)

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I believe the answer is:

sparrow

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Here is my best explanation:

'bird' is the definition.
(sparrow is a kind of bird)

'contend the noise' is the wordplay.
'contend' becomes 'spar' (sparring is a kind of contending).
'the noise' becomes 'row'.
'spar'+'row'='SPARROW'

'is made by a' is the link.
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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for sparrow that I've seen before include "Singing bird", "Finch-like bird", "House bird", "Common town bird", "a British resident", "Small songbird", "Small brownish bird", "Cockney bird", "Passerine bird" and "Pirate".)

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