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Bird House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

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Scientific name: Passer domesticus

Common Name: House Sparrow

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Passeridae

Other Names: N/A

Distribution: Introduced from Britain between 1863 and 1870. It is now well established and is distributed throughout many urban areas in eastern Australia.

Habitat: Urban areas, generally found near human population and cultivated land.

Field Notes: Grey crown, black face and throat, and dark black and brown upper parts. The female is paler than the male and lacks the grey crown and black face.
 
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Diet is a wide range of foodstuffs. These sparrows eat insects, spiders, berries, seeds, flower buds and scraps of food discarded by humans. Often seen around various food outlets.


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Size 14-16 cm. Second photo shows distinct grey crown.

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Breeding male, the black of the throat extends to the chest and upper belly. The bill also changes from brown to black.

References:
Birds in Backyard. http://birdsinbackyards.net/species/Passer-domesticus
Simpson & Day (2010). Field guide to the birds of Australia. 8th edition..
 
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