House Sparrow



The house sparrow is a small solid little bird; it has a strong bill for opening and eating seeds and prefers to nest in the cavities of houses and other buildings.

Adult males have several distinctive traits that separate them from the females. Males have a grey crown and neck with the sides of their head being a warm brown. A black bib extends downwards and widens as it reaches further down the chest. The back is a warm shade of brown similar to that found on the sides of the head, broken by intermittent streaks of black as well as the odd white wing feather.

Adult females and all juvenile house sparrows have very similar markings. They are all of a sandy brown colour and tend to have darker brown and grey flashes running down their backs and wings.

House sparrows rely mainly on seeds as a source of food, though they do eat fruit and will appreciate any fat and suet left out for them in the cold winter months and during breeding season. The house sparrow is a small solid little bird; it has a strong bill for opening and eating seeds and prefers to nest in the cavities of houses and other buildings.

Adult males have several distinctive traits that separate them from the females. Males have a grey crown and neck with the sides of their head being a warm brown. A black bib extends downwards and widens as it reaches further down the chest. The back is a warm shade of brown similar to that found on the sides of the head, broken by intermittent streaks of black as well as the odd white wing feather.

Adult females and all juvenile house sparrows have very similar markings. They are all of a sandy brown colour and tend to have darker brown and grey flashes running down their backs and wings.

House sparrows rely mainly on seeds as a source of food, though they do eat fruit and will appreciate any fat and suet left out for them in the cold winter months and during breeding season.