House Sparrow (Introduced)
Family: Passeridae (Sparrows, Weaverbills, Waxbills and allies, 2 species in Australia)
Size: 15 cm
Distribution: Basically all of the Eastern half of Australia.
Habitat: Human habitation, farmland, may roost in reed beds.
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest
The introduced House Sparrow is most often seen in busy urban places, especially like outdoor malls and railway stations.
You can download House Sparrow and Red Kangaroo Desktop Wallpaper of the second photo below. Click on the link in this paragraph and then right-click on the image and select "Set As Desktop Background...".
Alternatively, you can right click on the link above and then select "Save Image As", or "Save As", or "Save Link As..." (depending on what web browsing software you are using). Once you have saved the photo to your computer, click "Set As Desktop Background".
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (1667 x 1240)
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (3008 x 2000)
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NEW: Know Your Birds, by Louise Egerton.
Revised edition 3 July 2019. Paperback / softback, 176 pages. It has an orange cover. The original edition was 2005 and has a blue cover. Some of the book sellers listed here show the photo from the original/older blue cover edition, but the rest of the info (including the publication date and ISBN) are from the newer revised 2019 edition, so presumably that's the one you'll get.
This book has very high quality large photographs of the birds (as in actual photographs). Most of the photos take up a whole page for each bird photograph. "Know Your Birds" only has a selection of the most common birds, and not all the birds that are found in Australia. This makes it very good for beginners — since most of the field guides have all the birds — and it can be confusing looking at six almost identical species of birds, not knowing that five of them are rare and it's probably the common one that you're looking for. Which would be the only one listed in this book.
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