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Observed: 6th April 2012 By: chantedsnicker
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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There's some debate of this one in our family. My dad insists that this is a house sparrow, however I think it's a tree sparrow due to the black beak and the amount of black markings on the facial area.
Suggestions more than welcome!

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) interacts


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ID Comment

The grey cap and lack of a black cheek patch suggests a House Sparrow

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Ah ok thanks, I hadn't

Ah ok thanks, I hadn't noticed the black patch on the cheek on the photo in my id bopok - but yes it's obvious isn't it!

I'm slightly confused about the beak colour. The main reason I swayed towards the tree sparow was because in my id book it showed the tree sparrow with a black beak and the house sparrow with a pinky coloured beak.

I notice now an insert photo which shows a black beak for the house sparrow... but both (the main and insert) photos are male. Do beak colours just simply vary?

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Beak colour

If you look at various images the beak colour does seem to vary! It can appear almost black in some and light in others.

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A red herring designed to

A red herring designed to confuse a beginner like me then! I'll have to remember for next time.

Thanks very much for your help, it is very much appreciated.

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Generally, in adults, the beak is black (or close) in males and then much paler in females. In other words, it tends to blend in to the colour on the face of the bird in relation to the bird's sex..


My Flickr photos...

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the beak colour and beak size also changes in spring.