House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) are the classic small brown birds. They are social little birds who live in groups and are rarely found far from human dwellings.
The females and juveniles are a mottled brown with a single pale wing bar. The males have a chestnut mantle, grey crown and black bib on their throats.
House sparrow birdsong consists of chirping and cheeping.
Due to declines in population, the common house sparrow is rated ‘red-listed’ as a species of high conservation concern.
According to the RSPB, house sparrows can have up to three, and sometimes four broods in a single mating year, which mainly occurs from April to August but can take place at other times of the year as well.
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In the summer of 2020 we noticed an early brood in Spring (around May) and another later brood showed themselves in late July.
Although fledgling juveniles look like the adult females, we could tell that some were fledglings as other birds would feed them beak to beak. Very sweet! But on the other hand, adults tended to squabble with one another over access to the bird feeder (which is filled with suet and also peanuts).
As these sweet little sparrows are considered a conservation concern we are super-delighted to see them thriving and doing well in our little corner of northwest London.