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Eurasian Tree Sparrow

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Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)

This species surprised me the most when I first spotted them. I always thought them to be some regular-seen-by-the-window Sparrows, but one day I observed that they had no bald gray head!! And they have ear patches in black! Completely different from normal House Sparrows I was confused with, also I couldn’t observe much difference between the male, female and the juveniles too!! So, these are the Eurasian Tree-sparrows which are not mentioned to be found in my area in any major bird field book.

Throughout the world, many have been saying that “Sparrows are on decline” but I guess not here as we can clearly see that they have expanded into Assam! They are found everywhere in our campus to mark them as rare. So one happy news for us all.. and at least not everything is bleak for the Sparrows. Surprisingly enough, today (March 20th) is World Sparrow Day!

Distinctive Identifiers:

1. Chestnut brown crown unlike gray bald for House sparrows

2. Black ear patches on white

3. Black throat patch

4. White separating band near neck

5. White wing band as in common with many other sparrows.

So, if you are still confused, you can always compare your spotting with these pictures.

Eurasian tree sparrows

Eurasian tree sparrows

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Eurasian Tree Sparrows

Eurasian Tree Sparrow Front view

Eurasian Tree Sparrow Front view

Eurasian Tree sparrow back view

Eurasian Tree sparrow back view

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About Avinash Hindupur

Dreamer, Creator, Speaker, Mentor. @iitguwahati alum, Creator of @deephunt_in. | Interested in all things data and machine learning.


16 thoughts on “Eurasian Tree Sparrow

  1. Hi, There’s zero difference between male and female. Only juveniles have a paler spot. Nice picture! Ann

    Posted by narhvalur | March 20, 2012, 11:44 PM
  2. Beautiful sparrows. Great pics!

    Posted by Rosina Peixoto | March 21, 2012, 8:53 AM
  3. i have seen sparrow with white feathers it so beautyful to see because this very diffrent,,i make an observation if this is real sparrow but YES its real because this its belong to the group,,i have seen this march 20 2012,,,ive seen it one in the morning and at the end of the day i spotted another one upclosed in my roof top and this one look so many white feathers than the first one,,i try to search it in net but i cant find an articles about this…all i can say is very beautyful

    Posted by rhed | March 21, 2012, 12:17 PM
    • Can you post a picture of that bird? Perhaps I can help you in identifying that. The only sparrow found in Philippines is this one. Perhaps it is some other similar looking bird.

      Posted by Hindupur Avinash | March 21, 2012, 2:15 PM
      • i guess this is a eurasian sparrow the built and the figure is the same to this species,,,this two white feather birds that i have saw is belong to the colony that always flying to our garden,,,and i saw it again today,,that is why im wondering how could this happened…i want to take a picture but i dont have good quality of cameras that can take a good shot from far,,,im not kidding sir ,,,i only things that i can do is tried to catch them,,but its hard because ive only seen two birds with white feathers,,,i hope that5 i can proved it sir

        Posted by rhed | March 21, 2012, 4:46 PM
      • Hmm. We shall hope that they visit you regularly so that you can observe them from close 🙂

        Posted by Hindupur Avinash | March 21, 2012, 6:34 PM
  4. Nice photos. I like how they perch on the fence.

    Posted by Northern Narratives | March 21, 2012, 10:03 PM
  5. Hindupur, thanks for dropping by Zhartvystan. You have some beautiful photos yourself, sir. 🙂

    Posted by JR | March 22, 2012, 7:43 PM
  6. Great pics. Sparrows are in decline in the UK but last year and this I have noticed an increase in the number feeding at my bird table.

    Posted by janeslog | March 23, 2012, 1:12 PM
  7. I agree with you on this, I have observed more sparrows in my nearby locality recently. BTW I liked your post on Eurasian Tree Sparrow. Thanks for sharing.

    Posted by A J | March 24, 2012, 11:26 PM


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