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House Sparrow

Passer domesticus


A group of these were moving in and out of the plants around a parking lot in the coastal tropical south.


The house sparrow is distributed worldwide. It is seen in areas near habitation rather than remote areas.


1 Species ID Suggestions

Tree Sparrow
Passer Montanus Eurasian Tree Sparrow

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Tracy, the House Sparrow male has a grey top cap, the female and young a dull brown cap; all Tree Sparrows have a rich chocolate cap and white cheeks with a squarish black patch. Tree Sparrows are far less common in UK than House Sparrows and tend to keep away from humans. Where I live in Spain both are common garden birds but the Tree Sparrows disappear in summer. In Malaya and Singapore where I used to live Tree Sparrows are common garden birds and city dwellers feeding off human scraps while House Sparrows are rarely seen near humans!

1Sarah2 11 years ago

Thanks you so much for your help. The spotting has been updated to the house sparrow. I had looked at the Eurasian tree sparrow and noted its limited range. I had also looked at the house sparrow and the pictures I saw must have been taken at the height of the breeding season. This picture seems more like a non-breeding male.

pesayo 11 years ago

Both the House Sparrow and Eurasian Tree Sparrow were introduced to the US and they look similar. This is most likely a House Sparrow, because the Eurasian Tree Sparrow has a very limited US range in Eastern Missouri/Western Illinois.

TracyElizabeth 11 years ago

this really does look like the same species of Tree Sparrow we get here in England.

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Madeira Beach, Florida, USA

Spotted on Aug 6, 2011
Submitted on Aug 10, 2011

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