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House Sparrow
Passer domesticus

Finch-like Birds
Old-World Sparrow Family (Passeridae)

Size: Length: 14-16 cm Wingspan: 24-25 cm

Description: In 1850, a few house sparrows from England were released in New York City. They instantly took to the new world and have since spread across the continent. It is one of the first birds many city dwellers learn to recognize, and is a year-round resident in the Rockies. The males have a gray crown (extending down the nape), cheek and tiny patch behind the eye. The throat and upper breast are black, as is the space between the eye and the dark bill. The rest of the head is brown. The underside of the cheek is white. The back is brown, streaked with black. The wings are dark, with light edging to some of the feathers. There are two white wing bands. The belly is grayish-white. Females lack the dramatic facial markings of the male. Their head, nape and throat are gray-brown. They have a light eyebrow streak. The remainder of the body resembles the male.

They are normally found near humans, in townsites, agricultural areas and garbage dumps. They feed on a variety of seeds and insects. You may spot them in parking lots, flying up to pick the insect carcasses off the grill of your car.

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