House Sparrow (Introduced) - Passer domesticus

House Sparrow (Introduced)

Passer domesticus

Family: Passeridae (Sparrows, Weaverbills, Waxbills and allies, 2 species in Australia)
Size: 15 cm
Distribution: Basically all of the Eastern half of Australia.
Status: Common
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...".

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House Sparrow (Introduced) - Passer domesticus
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (1667 x 1240)

House Sparrow (Introduced) - Passer domesticus
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (3008 x 2000)

Some Birdwatching Resources


Field Guide to Australian Birds, by Michael Morcombe NEW: Field Guide to Australian Birds, by Michael Morcombe. This one has colour drawings of the eggs and the nests which not many other field guides do (I can't think of any that do). It's an excellent field guide and one of the four main ones (the other three being above this one). The weakness of this field guide is that some of the pictures of the birds aren't as good (or accurate) as the other three most used field guides. It's also the heaviest though there is a pocket edition which is much smaller and lighter.

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase from Australia (Angus & Robertson)


Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds, Peter Slater, Pat Slater and Raoul Slater Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds, Peter Slater, Pat Slater and Raoul Slater. This is a smaller field guide, and its advantage is it is easy to carry around. Its size is 21.3 x 11.4 x 2.8 centimetres, or 8.4 x 4.5 x 1.1 inches in the old scale. So it is a good one to get if you want to have your field guide with you out in the field. Unlike most of the field guides it also has illustrations of the eggs of all the birds that breed in Australia. It has very good reviews on Amazon.

Click here to Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase from Australia (Angus & Robertson)

Click here to purchase from Australia (The Nile) $28.45 AUD (May be unavailable)

Click here to purchase from Australia (Fishpond) May be expensive.

Click here to purchase from Amazon

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