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House Sparrow

Passer domesticus


"House Sparrows aren’t related to other North American sparrows, and they’re differently shaped. House Sparrows are chunkier, fuller in the chest, with a larger, rounded head, shorter tail, and stouter bill than most American sparrows." Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology


"House Sparrows have lived around humans for centuries. Look for them on city streets, taking handouts in parks and zoos, or cheeping from a perch on your roof or trees in your yard. House Sparrows are absent from undisturbed forests and grasslands, but they’re common in countryside around farmsteads." Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology

1 Species ID Suggestions

RyanWarner 7 years ago
House Sparrow (Female)
Passer domesticus

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keithp2012 6 years ago

House Sparrow

RyanWarner 7 years ago

3 - 4 seem to best fit House Sparrow. I just can't seem to find any better fit. As for 1 maybe a chipping, hard to tell from that photo.

Thanks Ryan. It was hard to follow around my yard - I initially thought they were the same bird but I think you're right. Perhaps one was an adult & the other a juvenile - they seemed to be flying together. I'm with you - sparrows are tough to ID! :-)

RyanWarner 7 years ago

Seems like the bird in the first photo isn't the same as the bird in the last 3. The last 3 look like a White-Crowned Sparrow, but I think they are pretty rare for NY. Sparrows are tough to ID.

Southampton, New York, USA

Lat: 40.88, Long: -72.40

Spotted on Sep 2, 2012
Submitted on Sep 3, 2012

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