House Sparrow

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Common Name: House Sparrow

Scientific Name: Passer domesticus

Size: 7-10 inches (19-25cm)

Habitat: Europe, North and South America (excluding Central America). Found in forested and urban settings.

Status: Least concern. Global Population: 540,000,000 mature adults. Declining populations in Europe and minor decline in North America. Protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty of 1918 in the United States Diet: Seed and insects. Forging on the ground.

Breeding: They built dried vegetation, strings, feather and paper. They lay 4 to 5 eggs.

Cool Facts: The House Sparrow is not endemic to North America; it was introduced by Europeans in 1851 in New York. And while the House Sparrow flourished for 150 years in North America, its populations have significantly declined in Europe.

A House Sparrow isn’t a true sparrow; it’s actually a finch.

Male House Sparrows show their dominance by the size of the black patch on their chest and throat. The larger the patch, the more dominant the male appears to be.

Although not a water bird, the House Sparrow can swim if it needs to, such as to escape a predator. Sparrows will even swim underwater to escape if needed.

House Sparrows are adamant dirt-bathers; digging a hole and flinging dirt as if it was water over them.

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