Colour: Male – grey, white, and black Female – brown
Size: 12 to 15 cm
Wingspan: 21 cm
A non-native species, the sparrow can be aggressive, driving other birds from their own territories and from feeding areas. The sparrow can be destructive on farm crops as their flocks grow to the thousands. There is also a risk of disease from their droppings. A plan for a sparrow infestation must include the removal, decontamination services, and proofing for future infestations.
House Sparrows are closely associated with people and their buildings. Look for them in cities, towns, suburbs, and farms (particularly around livestock). You won’t find them in extensive woodlands, forests, or grasslands. In extreme environments such as deserts or the far north, House Sparrows survive only in the immediate vicinity of people.
Sparrow Life Cycle
House Sparrows form monogamous pairs for each breeding season. Nests are built between February and May. House Sparrows nest in crevices inside and on buildings, and in coniferous and deciduous trees. Nests are built from dried vegetation, feathers, strings, and paper. Eggs are layed at any time in the nesting period. One to eight eggs can be present in a clutch, though there are usually 5, with the possibility of four clutches per nesting season.
Both males and females incubate the eggs for short periods of a few minutes each. Incubation lasts for 10 to 14 days. After the eggs are hatched, both males and females feed the young through regurgitation. Both males and females incubate eggs and brood young until they have fledged. Both parents also provide their young with food.
If you spot a House Sparrow making a nest, remove it immediately! The hope is that these birds will get frustrated and move on to another location. Cover any outside vents with an appropriate covers. Do not feed them.
Sparrow Service Prep Guide
There are many things that should be done to prepare for a sparrow treatment. For the full list of ways to make your sparrow treatment successful, view our Sparrow Service Preparation Guide.
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