The House Sparrow

Written by on May 16, 2012 in Common Backyard Birds with 1 Comment

House Sparrow Eggs

Another of our common backyard birds is the House Sparrow. These are introduced birds and not native to our world, but have definitely become part of our world. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, “House Sparrows, with their capacity to live so intimately with us, are just beneficiaries of our own success.” So we welcome them as part of our backyard birds.

There are a number of species of Sparrows, including the Black-throated Sparrow, the Dickcissel, and the White-crowned Sparrow. It’s the House Sparrow that we find so commonly around our buildings. They like areas where people live. It’s just that simple. Houses and farm buildings are favorites for them. You can recognize the House Sparrow by it’s chunky look. They have been referred to as that fat little bird.

A mottled effect of black, brown and gray make up the look of their feathers, with a dark gray cap on their head. The breeding males have the strongest coloring, while the females have a muted coloring. You can distinguish non-breeding males by their light gray belly and a light gray cap.

House Sparrows are quite common at backyard feeding stations and can be found wherever bread crumbs are found. These are usually the little birds that hop around outdoor restaurants and parks cleaning up all the dropped crumbs. For that factor alone, they provide a useful service.

Many people consider House Sparrows a nuisance because they can often displace native birds from nesting boxes. They are not considered endangered, and we can probably see why as we look at the numbers of them in our own backyards. But, they as interesting to watch as so many other birds.


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