House Sparrow [Passer domesticus] ~ #36

House Sparrow
Male House Sparrow ~ Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta, BC ~ April 18, 2015
House Sparrow
Male House Sparrow ~ Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta, BC ~ April 18, 2015

Right by the entrance of the George Reifel Bird Sanctuary there are usually tonnes of birds; Canada Geese, Mallards, Wigeons, Chickadees, Red-Winged Blackbirds and a variety of sparrows. The male House Sparrow is pretty identifiable due to the grey streak on his head. I have some trouble id’ing female Sparrows though as the difference between them is very subtle.  Today there were a few different variety of sparrows, hanging out in the sunshine, enjoying dirt baths. The House Sparrow is classified a little different than most North American Sparrows.  The House Sparrow belongs to the family Passeridae while the other Sparrows are categorized under the family Emberizidae.  They are not indigenous to North American and were brought here from Europe in 1850.

House Sparrow
House Sparrow ~ Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta, BC ~ February 2015

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