House Sparrow

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The male house sparrow differs from the female, while the females have a more light brown color, the males are a much darker brown.


The birds breed from late March to August. They lay two to three clutches per breeding season with 4-6 eggs each. They breed in a loose colony. The nest is mainly made under roof tiles, in holes and cracks of buildings, and in sparrow boxes.


The house sparrow is a distinct resident bird; there is very little migration all year round.


House sparrows appreciate a cluttered human environment, with undergrowth, barns, pastures with livestock, spilled grain, and so on. Most common in villages and older suburbs, with cluttered gardens. If there are many tall trees, they disappear.


A female house sparrow

Latin Name: Passer domesticus

Food: seeds, grains, insects, flower buds, bread, berries, and peanuts. In the breeding season, it mainly feeds on insects.

Conservation Status

Conservation Status: Least Concern
Least Concern

Fun Facts about the house sparrow

They can swim! When in danger or threatened they have been observed swimming.

That was quick! Incubation takes just 11 days, and two weeks later the young will leave the nest.

The gang is all here! They are very sociable birds, often nesting in colonies.

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