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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Paseriformes
Family:Ploceidae
Genus:Passer
Genus species:Passer domesticus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:14.5 cm
Identification:The male house sparrow is brownish-black with black streaks. Its crown is gray with red sides, and the nape is red. The house sparrow has white cheeks and a black chin and chest. Females, however, have a gray-brown crown with a light brown eye stripe. From the throat to the belly is a gray-brown color.
Habitat:Urban areas, woodlands
Diet:Omnivore: seeds, grain, insects, spiders, fruit
Reproduction:House sparrows are monogamous breeders. A brood usually consists of 4-6 eggs that need to be incubated for 10-13 days in order to hatch. The chicks are independent at 10 days of age. A breeding pair may have two or three broods each year.
Small colonies or loose groups of house sparrows gather to breed and live together.
Behavior:House sparrows feed on the ground. They will vigorously defend their nesting areas.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:A very adaptable species, the house sparrow has been introduced to habitats around the world.

Other Information

Geographic:Europe
Asia
Northern Africa
Date:1970-11 Subjects:perching birds
House sparrow
English sparrow
Passer
Passeridae
Sparrows
Passeriformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata