Bathing time for the House Sparrows.
Mr. House Sparrow ready for his bath
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) (Wikipedia )
Photo’s of this in the wild living bird made in Planckendael zoo – Mechelen, Belgium
(yes, also the ‘ordinary’ local birds find the zoo an ideal territory, because of the availability of food! :) )
Photo made in uncomfortable squatted position, with hand held camera :roll:
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) is on the IUCN Red List of endangered species.
Category & Criteria: Least Concern
In Flanders/Belgium where I took the photo, the species is on the red list as ‘declining’.
Main threats are the modern building styles (disappearance of nesting places under the roof-tiles), use of insecticides and agricultural developments (food crops like wheat and oats are less often cultivated, and the harvest methods have improved, so less is left for the birds…)
Efforts are being done to provide more nesting places (nest boxes)
Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera.
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