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Would you be kind enough to tell me whether there is some difference between the meanings of the verbs in bold in the following brief excerpt from the Dickens’s “Burnaby Rudge”?
In the chimneys of the disused rooms, swallows had built their nests for
many a long year, and from earliest spring to latest autumn whole colonies
of sparrows chirped and twittered in the eaves.
Thank you for your efforts.
Chirp is a stronger and less staccato sound than twitter.
I would say that sparrows chirp and swallows twitter. Maybe Dickens is thinking of the sound with which the young sparrows demand food from their parents.