Passer domesticus


Common Names: House sparrow
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Old World Sparrows

The plumage of the House Sparrow is mostly different shades of gray and brown. The sexes differ, with females and juveniles mostly buff, and the male marked with bold colors. The male is duller in fresh non-breeding plumage, with buff tips on many feathers. Wear and preening expose bright markings of brown and black, including a throat and chest patch, called a 'bib' or a 'badge'.

The House Sparrow is a very social bird. It is gregarious at all seasons when feeding, often forming flocks with other types of bird. It also roosts communally, its nests are usually grouped together in clumps, and it engages in a number of social activities, such as dust and water bathing, and 'social singing', in which birds call together in bushes. They are commonly found in residential and urban areas in Connecticut.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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