A male and female House Sparrow in the apple tree
in my backyard in northeast Iowa. USA
Image taken “As Is” using my Canon PowerShot SX50 HS.

House Sparrow

You can find House Sparrows most places where there are houses (or other buildings), and few places where there aren’t. Along with two other introduced species, the European Starling and the Rock Pigeon, these are some of our most common birds. Their constant presence outside our doors makes them easy to overlook, and their tendency to displace native birds from nest boxes causes some people to resent them. But House Sparrows, with their capacity to live so intimately with us, are just beneficiaries of our own success.

Size & Shape
House Sparrows aren’t related to other North American sparrows, and they’re differently shaped. House Sparrows are chunkier, fuller in the chest, with a larger, rounded head, shorter tail, and stouter bill than most American sparrows.

Color Pattern
Male House Sparrows are brightly colored birds with gray heads, white cheeks, a black bib, and rufous neck – although in cities you may see some that are dull and grubby. Females are a plain buffy-brown overall with dingy gray-brown underparts. Their backs are noticeably striped with buff, black, and brown.

House Sparrows are noisy sparrows that flutter down from eaves and fencerows to hop and peck at crumbs or birdseed. Look for them flying in and out of nest holes hidden behind shop signs or in traffic lights, or hanging around parking lots waiting for crumbs and picking insects off car grills.

House Sparrows have lived around humans for centuries. Look for them on city streets, taking handouts in parks and zoos, or cheeping from a perch on your roof or trees in your yard. House Sparrows are absent from undisturbed forests and grasslands, but they’re common in countryside around farmsteads.

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  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerabout 1 year ago

    Nice find & capture my friend ! Hugs

  • Thank you so much, Tom!!

    – lorilee

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 1 year ago

    Nicely perched

  • Thanks, Larry!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 1 year ago

    2013/09/22 1 X 24HRS

  • You’re welcome!! Thank you!!

    – lorilee

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallabout 1 year ago

    A beautiful capture Lorilee.

  • Thank you so much, Steve!!

    – lorilee

  • Jack Ryan
    Jack Ryanabout 1 year ago

    Cute couple…nice of them to pose for you.

  • Thanks, Jack!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepabout 1 year ago

    Thank you for adding your excellent work to International Women’s Photography!! Gena

  • You’re welcome!! Thank you!!

    – lorilee

  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castroabout 1 year ago

    brilliant capture

  • Thank you so much, Heloisa!!

    – lorilee

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleabout 1 year ago

    Great capture!

  • Thanks, Rick!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Christina Backus
    Christina Backusabout 1 year ago

    So sweet! Really great shot.

  • Thank you, Christina!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • canonman99
    canonman99about 1 year ago

    very nicely done, crisp with subject detail

  • Thank you so much, Dennis!!

    – lorilee

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