House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

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March 20, 2009BirdsNo comments

The House Sparrow or Passer domesticus is the only Old World Sparrow (meaning it was brought over by Europe — the old world…) we have in Washington State and they come in abundance to my porch. They are also known as English Sparrow because they were brought over to Central Park in the 1850’s in an effort to populate the park with every bird mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays. What a sweet sentiment but how it was not such an intelligent idea. They were also re-introduced in the 1870’s to “control pests”. This did not work. Too bad they flourished at the expense of many native birds, such as the Bluebirds and other native cavity-dwelling birds. Now they are one of the most abundant birds found throughout the continent.

The house sparrow is a social bird and will often beg humans for food in urban areas. Although my house sparrows are a bit more modest than begging. They will stand tall for a portrait or two — anything for seeds.

During the spring the males will chase their potential mates in an flying pursuit. I guess it is all about the chase…

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

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