These small birds are often thought of as a common brown bird, however they are actually very pretty and colourful with a confident personality. The plumage of the house sparrow is mostly different shades of grey and brown.
The house sparrow is typically found near human populations. However, in the last thirty years, populations have fallen dramatically, and continue to do so in some areas.
Historically, it had exploited spilled grain around farms and storage facilities, but modern methods have removed this food source.
It’s important therefore to provide food for this species via the bird feeders and bird tables in your garden.
|Weight||22 - 32gms|
|Habitat||Urban, suburban and agricultural areas|
House sparrows will nest in holes in buildings, or among the ivy covering them. They produce an untidy-looking nest out of any available rubbish, and will happily make use of nest boxes.
Around three clutches of three to five eggs are produced each year, and both parents feed the young once they hatch.
The House Sparrow's diet consists mainly of small seeds. They can be attracted to corn, oats, wheat, and other types of grain or weed seeds. Primarily they will forage on the ground but occasionally will feed from feeders or tables.
They can be very aggressive at wild bird feeders and will keep other birds away while feeding. One solution to keeping them away from feeders is to use specialised finch feeders filled with Nyjer seed. The Sparrow won't eat the Nyjer seed and will seek other feeding ground.
The house sparrow will eat a wide range of food from wild bird feeders and tables including seeds, such as black oil sunflower seed, suet, nuts, berries and insects.