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House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) Male



House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) Male House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) Female

Class: Aves
Family: Passeridae
Common Name: House Sparrow
Genus: Passer
Species Name: domesticus

About The House Sparrow

House sparrows feed mainly on seeds, but in the breeding season the adults will take some animal matter (mainly insects), and feed their young on insects for the first part of the nestling period (9). It is a regular visitor to garden bird tables and feeders (5). This sociable species nests in colonies, the untidy feather-lined nests are built in crevices and holes in buildings, tree holes and nest boxes (4). House sparrows are also known to occasionally evict other species of birds from their nests, subsequently occupying them (6). During the breeding season, house sparrows mate very frequently, so much so that their eggs were once highly prized as aphrodisiacs (6). After May, 3-5 whitish, blotched eggs are laid (4). The female incubates the eggs for up to 14 days, after which time both parents share the task of feeding the young for around 15 days (4). Three or more broods may be produced every breeding season (4). The gregarious nature of this sparrow is often most obvious during winter, when most activities including feeding, roosting and bathing, are carried out in groups or large flocks (5).

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Trips Where Observed

Africa: Egypt and Ethiopia
Argentina
Around The World in 66 Days
Brazil
Dominican Republic
Eastern Australia
Ecuador
Hawaii, Big Island
India
Kenya Solar Eclipse
Madagascar
Mexico to Panama
Mexico, Baja California Sur
Mexico, Nayarit
Mexico, Veracruz
Moving the Car
New Zealand
Newfoundland
Puerto Rico
San Francisco 2007
Siberia
Southeast Arizona
Svalbard, Canary Islands, and Spain
Texas
Turkey
Uganda and stops between

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Europe
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Illinois
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North America
San Francisco
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Turkey
United States
World

Sites Where Observed

Location
Date
Notes
2/17/2005
3/30/2006
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) Male
6/13/2007
Cape May Courthouse
10/10/2007
Notes say not common in Veracruz.
1/4/2008
7/14/2008
2/15/2009
7/13/2011
7/15/2011
7/21/2011
11/5/2012
Seen in Mareeba on the way in to the park
1/27/2013
Not exactly sure where this sparrow was, but it was somewhere not too far from Cu Chi.
2/13/2013
2/25/2013
4/14/2013
10/27/2013
11/5/2013
11/5/2013
5/10/2014
3/17/2015
3/31/2015
4/2/2015

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