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House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

House Sparrow
copyright Richard P. Dunbar
Length: 6 in. (16 cm)
Introduced to New York from Europe in the mid 1850s, the House Sparrow is totally dependent on humans for its present distribution in North America. Its populations have decreased tremendously since the horse, and its over flowing feed bags, were largely replaced by automobiles. Distinctly different geographical populations with unique colors and sizes have evolved in North America since it was first introduced. The nest is usually in a cavity and lined with grass, feathers and hair. The four-digit banding code is HOSP.

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