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House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

 
Photo © by Patrick Coin

Photo from images uploaded to Wikipedia by young, but very talented, Australian photographer Peter.

House Sparrows are abundant birds around human habitation and farm feeding operations nearly world wide. The photograph at left, for example, was taken in Australia. Native to Europe, they have been transported and introduced in many places around the world. Their existence in the Sonoran Desert is entirely dependent on human activitiy.

Urban areas in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and Sonora support huge populations of House Sparrows, but well away from cities in the raw desert they are rarely encountered. Omnivorous and adaptible. They catch insects from around lights or pick smashed ones from the grills vehicles. Bird feeders, lawns, outside eatery tables and trash bins are all places they find food to eat. In nesting they are also partial to man-made structures where they use virtually any cavity they can find.

The black chin and pendant denote the above specimen as a male. Females are less richly colored and lack the black chin and facial marks.

Year-round Resident - No Migration

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