The House Sparrow

It has been brought to my attention that yesterday was World Sparrow Day. A day designated to raise awareness about the House Sparrow and other common birds found in urban locations.

The following images are of  House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) which were introduced into Australia from Britain, through Victoria at first, then into other parts of the country between 1863 to 1870. House Sparrows can now be found through out Eastern Australia.

House Sparrow at the bird bath in my garden.

House Sparrow at the bird bath in my garden.

Its ability to eat all types of food has helped the House Sparrow to become established in Australia. It will be found at street side cafes looking for the crumbs and food scraps left by humans.

An adult bird feeding a fledgling in the bird feeder

An adult bird feeding a fledgling in the bird feeder

Male and female House Sparrows form permanent pairs and both sexes build the nest and attend to the young. Several broods may be produced in an extended breeding season.

On the waterfront at Hobsons Bay

On the waterfront at Hobsons Bay

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“Although the introduction of the House Sparrow was deliberate, and welcomed by many people, it quickly became a major pest, and a reward was paid by the government for the birds and their eggs. Today, the species is so well established in the east that no amount of effort will exterminate the ever-expanding population. The birds however have so far been prevented from establishing themselves in Western Australia, with every bird observed being deliberately destroyed.” – http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/species/Passer-domesticus

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