Sparrows are one of the most widespread and abundant birds in
the state, and throughout most of North America. The House Sparrow is
native to Europe and Asia. It was first introduced in the 1850's in
New York City and rapidly spread over most of the continent. The House
Sparrow strongly associates with areas of human activity, hence its ability to
adapt to nearly any urban habitat. Unpopular with many because it
out-competes many native songbirds for nesting locations. A male is
pictured on the right.
Habitat: Nearly always around man-made structures,
from densely populated urban centers to residential areas and farmsteads.
Diet: Primarily seeds, including
those of weeds, grasses, and waste grain. Also eats insects, fruits, and
berries. Has adapted to urban settings and will eat crumbs and other food
left by humans.
Nesting: April through July
Migration: Permanent resident
throughout its range.
Feeders: Will attend feeders for most seeds,
grains, bread, and fruit.
Nest Boxes: Will use man-made nest boxes, often
taking over nest boxes meant for bluebirds or other species.
Conservation Status: Populations have
actually been declining steadily in recent deacdes.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - House Sparrow"
eNature.com: House Sparrow
Photo Information: February 10th, 2007 - Palisades
State Park near Garretson, South Dakota - Terry Sohl
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