Did you know that Sparrows are not native to North America? This may be hard
to believe, considering the fact that sparrows are one of the most populous
birds in North America!
House Sparrows, also called English Sparrows, were introduced into the U.S.
in the 1850's .It was believed that these song birds were big insect eaters,
and could help to control insect populations. In reality, sparrows' diet
is less than 10 percent insects. The majority of their insect consumption
is to feed their hatchlings.
There are 12 subspecies of sparrows. These birds are now be found all
around the world.
Chances are you've seen many sparrows. These brown and gray birds, are about
6 inches long. They are year round residents, and do not migrate.
They are year round residents, who populate bird feeders in big numbers.
Sparrow eggs hatch in 11 days. Hatchlings spend 14 days in the nest.
Did you know? Sparrows live up to 23 years!
Sparrow Habitat and Diet:
Sparrows eat grains, seeds, insects, nectar. They are also fond of breads.
Looking to attract sparrows to your bird feeder? It's a cinch, as they like
millet, which is common in bird seed mixtures. See
Bird Seed Feeding Chart.
Sparrows live in a wide range of areas, including fields, open lands, urban
and suburban areas. They avoid woods, and desert regions.