Tree Sparrow
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Scientific NamePasser montanus
BreedingApril
Fledge Days12-14
Incubation Days11-14
Lifespan2 years
Number of Clutches2-3
Number of Eggs2-9
Size14cm
Weight23g
Wingspan21cm

Bird Family : Sparrows

Tree Sparrow Facts - Information About Tree Sparrow

Tree Sparrow - Passer Montanus


The Tree Sparrow is a declining relative of the House Sparrow, it prefers a rural habitat and is seldom seen in larger towns. The Tree Sparrow is far less common than House Sparrow with around 70,000 pairs compared to its cousins 13 million.
Tree Sparrows will use nest boxes and visit bird tables in rural locations.

Identification:



Adult


  • The Tree Sparrow is a declining British breeding resident.

  • Plumage of males and females are identical.

  • Like House Sparrow, Tree Sparrows are small birds, 13cm in length, making them smaller and somewhat daintier than their common relative.

  • Tail, back and wings are a rich chestnut brown with black streaking, white shoulder patch and thin white wingbar.

  • Rump is grey-brown.

  • Head has a bright chestnut cap, white cheeks and an almost complete white collar.

  • In the centre of the cheeks lies a small black cheek patch, this is the Tree Sparrows most useful identification feature.

  • The Bill is black and the black bib very small.

  • Underparts are pale grey, undertail coverts whitish.

  • Bill, eye black, legs brown.


Juvenile


  • Juveniles appear from April onwards and look similar to adults, they tend to look dirtier around the face and head, lacking the obvious black cheek patch.

  • The head takes on a more House Sparrow appearance.

  • Bill and eye black, legs brown.


Status and Distribution


The Tree Sparrow is a fairly common breeding resident in the UK, in the right habitat, however it is declining.
There are around 70,000 pairs. It occurs throughout the UK but is more local in Scotland, Ireland and the south west.

Habitat/Food


Tree Sparrows occur in many habitat types throughout the UK, woodlands, parks, gardens, farmland, hedgerows and indeed any open country habitat with suitable scrub.

In the garden and open country Tree Sparrows prefer young shoots and seed. Seed Mixes should attract them into the rural garden.

Song/Call


Several call notes, the most common being a happy sounding ‘suweeet’ , others consisting of a variety of busy chirps, cheeps and clicks often strung together.

 

 

The following food is favoured by Tree Sparrow

All Season Fruit Feast

All Season Fruit Feast

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All Season Insect Feast

All Season Insect Feast

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All Season Mealworm Feast

All Season Mealworm Feast

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Wild Bird Original

Wild Bird Original

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