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House sparrow (female)

Passer domesticus


A small bird seen picking at a tree branch on a volcanic mountain.


Seen on Mauna Kea, a volcanic mountain, at ~9000+ ft elevation. The weather is highly variable on the sub-alpine terrain of the mountain. These birds usually avoid deserts, which is why it was unusual to find it at this location. Although the sunlight is very direct and penetrating, there are occasional, rapidly developing and dangerous snow storms there. House sparrows can be seen on all continents except Antarctica.


This is an introduced species to many parts of the world, including Hawaii.

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Liam 9 years ago
House Sparrow (female)
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mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 9 years ago

Thanks, Liam! Just as I thought. Although I see these all the time at home, it feels special to spot them in unusual habitats.

mauna Kunzah
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mauna Kunzah

Hilo, Hawaii, USA

Spotted on Jan 10, 2013
Submitted on Feb 8, 2013

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