Sparrows

42 species

Old World sparrows are a group of small passerine birds. They are also known as true sparrows. These birds are indigenous to Europe, Africa, and Asia and inhabit grasslands, deserts, and scrubland. They are generally social birds, with many species breeding in loose colonies and most species occurring in flocks during the non-breeding season. The Old World sparrows are some of the few passerine birds that engage in dust bathing; they will also bathe in water, or in the dry or melting snow. They are primarily seed-eaters but will also consume small insects. The Old World sparrows may be the most familiar of all wild birds worldwide. Many species commonly live in agricultural areas, and for several, human settlements are a primary habitat. The Eurasian tree and House sparrows are particularly specialized in living around humans and inhabit cities in large numbers.
Old World sparrows are a group of small passerine birds. They are also known as true sparrows. These birds are indigenous to Europe, Africa, and Asia and inhabit grasslands, deserts, and scrubland. They are generally social birds, with many species breeding in loose colonies and most species occurring in flocks during the non-breeding season. The Old World sparrows are some of the few passerine birds that engage in dust bathing; they will also bathe in water, or in the dry or melting snow. They are primarily seed-eaters but will also consume small insects. The Old World sparrows may be the most familiar of all wild birds worldwide. Many species commonly live in agricultural areas, and for several, human settlements are a primary habitat. The Eurasian tree and House sparrows are particularly specialized in living around humans and inhabit cities in large numbers.