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    House Sparrow Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      House Sparrows aren’t related to other North American sparrows, and they’re differently shaped. House Sparrows are chunkier, fuller in the chest, with a larger, rounded head, shorter tail, and stouter bill than most American sparrows.

      Relative Size

      About the size of a Song Sparrow or Dark-eyed Junco, but stockier.

      Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
      Measurements
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 5.9-6.7 in (15-17 cm)
        • Weight: 0.9-1.1 oz (27-30 g)
        • Wingspan: 7.5-9.8 in (19-25 cm)