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House sparrow

Observed: 21st November 2009 By: purplerabbitspurplerabbits’s reputation in Birdspurplerabbits’s reputation in Birdspurplerabbits’s reputation in Birds
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Description:

If we ever run out of house sparrows, Paris has lots

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) interacts

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er2938's picture

Paris sparrows

Yes, I was totally amazed how many sparrows there are in Paris. They are everywhere, trees and streets full. There is only one street near me here in London that has sparrows.

Erwyn

dw5448's picture

Winter plumage

The male seems to have little in the way of a bib, which fits with the time of year I think.

I think there is a London sparrow project underway, consideringnest boxes etc, though I think that one of the other key factors in the decline is the reduction in shrubbery in parks etc. Don't know about food sources, and would be intersted to see how they compared with Paris.

Dave

er2938's picture

Sparrow bibs

I seem to recall that the size of the bib is directly linked to the dominance of the male within its group. It does seem a very small bib.

I personally think the reduction is linked to a large extent to the loss of front gardens making way for parking spaces and trees and shrubbery continuously being destroyed (ahem worked on I meant) by people moving in and out of properties or sometimes the council itself - if only they could make their mind up! lol

Erwyn

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Smaller bibs

Bibs are smaller in winter and are bigger again before breeding

Dave