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House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

Description:

This is a small stocky sparrow with a short stout bill, a short tail, and a round head. The one pictured here is a breeding male. It has a gray crown crown with a wide black bib, and white cheeks.

Habitat:

Habitat includes: urban areas, countryside, and farmsteads. They are not found in natural habitats that are intact (not been altered by humans). It is native to Eurasia and northern Africa, and can be found throughout the Americas. Nesting: Nests are built by both parents and consist of materials such as: dried vegetation, feathers, strings, paper, grasses, weeds, and twigs. They have 1-4 broods yearly with a clutch of 1-8 eggs. Eggs are greenish or bluish white with gray or brown spots. Ref: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Hous... https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_spar...

Notes:

These sparrows are around my house year round. They are fun to listen to and watch. Diet: House sparrow eat grains and seeds. Their diet can include corn, oats, wheat, sunflower seeds, and grasses. They also eat and feed their young insects. Fun Facts: The House sparrow was introduced in the United States in the mid 19th century. There have been approximately 5,000 avian biological studies published on the House sparrow. The oldest House sparrow on record was just shy of 16 years old and was found in Texas. Ref: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird... https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Hous...

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San Antonio, Texas, USA

Spotted on Apr 13, 2019
Submitted on May 19, 2019

Spotted for Mission

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