House Sparrow

photo by Andrew McKinlay CC BY-NC

House Sparrow are one of our most common urban birds. Introduced from Europe in 1851, they are not related to other North American sparrows. They are chunkier (6-6.7 in) with a larger rounded head, a shorter tail, and a stouter bill than other sparrows.

Males have a gray head, white cheeks, a black throat, and a rusty-colored back. Females have a striped light brown back and gray underparts.

House Sparrow can be found on farms, city streets, and parks throughout southern Canada and the United States. They won't be found in undisturbed forests and grasslands.

House Sparrow eat mostly seeds but also some insects and are very adaptable, taking advantage of smashed insects on parked cars, crumbs on restaurant patios, and bird feeders.

Did you know? House Sparrow like to take dust baths, throwing dust and dirt over their feathers as if it was water.

See Also: Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow