September 19, 2015 – House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

Requested by: my dad

Native to Eurasia, these sparrows have been introduced to the Americas, Africa, and Australia and are now one of the world’s most widespread bird species. They live in a variety of habitats, but almost always near humans. Their diet is mostly seeds and grains, along with some insects in the summer. In cities they also eat food discarded by humans. Often building their nests in crevices in buildings or other structures, they also sometimes use tree hollows or cliffs. House Sparrows have been part of thousands of scientific studies as they are common, easy to raise, and relatively unafraid of humans.