- The House Sparrow is one of the most widely distributed birds in the world. It is native to Europe and much of Asia, but was introduced by humans to Australia, parts of Africa and the Americas too.
- House Sparrows are very social birds. In summer they nest in close association with other pairs. You can buy special 'terraced' nestboxes to accommodate them. In winter they flock together.
- House Sparrows are predominantly seed-eaters. Over the centuries they came to realise that there is often seed available around farm buildings and dwellings, leading to a close association with humans and the 'house' in their name. Their association with humans is thought to date back around 10,000 years!
- Recent research has shown the species has declined drastically in many urban areas - thought to be linked to air pollution and poor diet. See here for more details.
- House Sparrows can fly at around 45km per hour.
|A terraced nestbox like this, with three nest compartments, is available to buy in the BirdWatch Ireland shop.|
|A male House Sparrow and a Coal Tit enjoying some mixed seed. (B Burke)|