Birds that visit our gardens and school grounds
Each week we will be featuring a bird that frequently visits our school grounds and gardens. This week our chosen bird is The House Sparrow.
The male House Sparrow has a chestnut brown back with black streaks, while its body and the top of its head are grey. The female is light brown in colour and does not have a grey coloured head. Juveniles Sparrows look like the adult female.
House Sparrows live together in colonies. They nest in holes or crevices in buildings, or among creepers growing up the side of a wall.
Sparrows breed in May and the female will usually lay 3 eggs. The eggs are white with grey or blackish speckles. The eggs normally hatch after 11-14 days and the chicks stay in the nest for 11 to 16 days before they fledge.
House Sparrow facts
Distribution: House Sparrows live all year round in all parts of Britain except the Highlands of Scotland.
Habitat: House Sparrows live together in colonies. They nest in holes or crevices in buildings, or among creepers growing up the side of a wall.
Description: The body of the male is dark brown body and that of the female light brown.
Size: Length: 14-15 cm. Wingspan: 21-25 cm. Weight: 24-32 grams.
Life-span: Usually live for 2 to 3 years.
Food: Seeds, nuts, berries, buds, insects and scraps of food.
Adult House Sparrow (Top Right) House Sparrow nest (Bottom Left)