Eurasian Tree Sparrow

ID Info
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Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Passer montanus
  • ORDER: Passeriformes
  • FAMILY: Passeridae
Basic Description

In late April 1870, a shipment of European birds from Germany was released in St. Louis, Missouri, in order to provide familiar bird species for newly settled European immigrants. The shipment included 12 hardy Eurasian Tree Sparrows. These chestnut-capped, white-cheeked arrivals prospered in the hedges and woodlots of the region, ultimately spreading through northeastern Missouri, west-central Illinois, and southeastern Iowa. Unlike its relative, the House Sparrow, it is not a bird of cities, instead using farms and lightly wooded residential areas.

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Find This Bird

Eurasian Tree Sparrows are rather easily found in thick hedgerows, bushy parks, and around working farms and grain elevators within its range. eBird can help you find recent sightings, but be respectful of private property around farms.

Other Names
  • Gorrión Molinero (Spanish)
  • Moineau friquet (French)
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