House Sparrow
Passer domesticus

Male House Sparrow
Photo courtesy Pete Williams, Gulf Breeze, Florida
Copyright (c) 2007 Pete Williams

The House Sparrow is also known as English Sparrow.

To identify look for a small bird with black, whitish, gray, and reddish patch on the head and breast (male). The female is brownish above, grayish below. Its preferred habitat is suburbs and cities.

House Sparrows belong to a completely different family from the native sparrows. They are an enemy of bluebirds, wrens and other songbirds. They tear up the nests, destroy eggs, and toss out nestlings. The House Sparrow is an import from Europe.

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