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Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Passer montanus


The Eurasian Tree Sparrow is 12.5–14 cm (5–5½ in) long, with a wingspan of about 21 cm (8.25 in) and a weight of 24 g (0.86 oz), making it roughly 10% smaller than the House Sparrow. The adult's crown and nape are rich chestnut, and there is a kidney-shaped black ear patch on each pure white cheek; the chin, throat, and the area between the bill and throat are black. The upperparts are light brown, streaked with black, and the brown wings have two distinct narrow white bars. The legs are pale brown, and the bill is lead-blue in summer, becoming almost black in winter.


The Eurasian Tree Sparrow's natural breeding range comprises most of temperate Europe and Asia south of about latitude 68°N (north of this the summers are too cold, with July average temperatures below 12°C) and through Southeast Asia to Java and Bali.


I spotted this in Beihai Park in Beijing.

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Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 12 years ago

Thanks Mayra!

MayraSpringmann 12 years ago

Very pretty!!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 12 years ago

Thanks Emma! I think I might have a better photo of the shrub it's on. I will check my photos and try to find out what it is.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 12 years ago

Beautiful!Do you know the name of the plant it is sitting on? Very cute sparrow.

Dan Doucette
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Dan Doucette

北京 (Beijing), 北京 Beijing, Paracel Islands

Spotted on Nov 22, 2011
Submitted on Apr 9, 2012

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