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Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus


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Eurasian Tree Sparrow
credit: Laitche

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Family: Passeridae, Old World Sparrows view all from this family

Description ADULT Has streaked brown back and wings, with white wing bars. Cap is chestnut and note the striking black patch on otherwise whitish cheeks and side of head. Has a black bib; underparts are otherwise grayish white. JUVENILE Similar, but facial markings are duller, darker, and less distinct.

Dimensions Length: 6" (15 cm)

Habitat Introduced from Europe in 19th century and now an established resident, mainly in Illinois and Missouri; favors farms and parks.

Observation Tips Hard to miss.

Range Great Lakes, Plains

Voice Utters chirps similar to a House Sparrow's, but also a sharp tik-tik in flight.

Discussion Well-marked bird that sometimes occurs alongside House Sparrow within its restricted introduced range. Sometimes forms flocks outside breeding season. Sexes are similar.