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These house sparrows are old world sparrows according to the Peterson Field Guide to Birds. They are some of our most common birds. Male House Sparrows are brightly colored birds with gray heads, white cheeks, a black bib, and rufous neck. Females are a plain buffy-brown overall with dingy gray-brown underparts. Their backs are noticeably striped with buff, black, and brown.
House Sparrows have lived around us humans for centuries. You can see them on city streets, taking handouts in parks and zoos, or cheeping from a perch on your roof or trees in your yard.