a length of 5.75 inches.
Everywhere, but especially on farms and near human habitation.
Made of straw and feathers, loosely made in a hole in a building or
wall, under eaves and in thatch.
Lays 5-6 eggs and may have 2-3 broods/year. Eggs are grey/white speckled
with black/brown markings.
The hens incubate for 12-14 days after which both parents feed the
young which can fly at 15 days.
seed, insects according to the text books, however, sparrows are now
largely dependant upon man for food and for nesting sites and hence
appear in great numbers in urban areas. Because of the practice of
feeding birds, most survive the winter to cause damage in allotments,
farms, and market gardens. In the autumn, flocks of sparrows feed
on ripening split corn. Besides damaging grain, sparrows disbud plum
trees, currants and gooseberries and tear at crocuses, primroses,
polyanthus, chrysanthemums and lettuces. In cereal growing areas,
the house sparrow is considered a serious pest and under the Protection
of Birds Act 1954, may be taken or killed by the owner or the occupier
of the land or somebody authorised by them.