Living Bird Magazine
Eurasian Tree SparrowPasser montanus
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Passeridae
Native to the Old World, the Eurasian Tree Sparrow was released into the St. Louis, Missouri, area in 1870, where it became established. Unlike its close relative, the House Sparrow, it has not spread very far from the original point of introduction.More ID Info
- Gorrión Molinero (Spanish)
- Moineau friquet (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Eurasian Tree Sparrow typically lives near people, but it has been displaced from urban centers and into more rural areas by its larger and more aggressive relative the House Sparrow.
- Outside of North America, the Eurasian Tree Sparrow shows considerable variation in plumage and size, which has resulted in the naming of up to 33 separate races. The North American birds came originally from Germany and are from the most widespread race.
- The oldest recorded Eurasian Tree Sparrow in North America was at least 4 years old, when it was recaptured and rereleased during a banding operation in Illinois in 1972.