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)