House Sparrow

House Sparrow

Chunky, urban colonist.  Introduced to Brooklyn, NY in 1851, now common in urban and suburban areas across North America.  Large, large-headed brown sparrow; males show black face and throat, white cheeks, and reddish napes.  Unrelated to native North American sparrows.  Primarily a seed eater, with some insects taken during breeding season; often at feeders.  Generally nests in manmade structures; often aggressively competes for nest boxes.  Lifespan up to 15 years.  Population ~ 82 million and declining.


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January 24, 2015