We've added a few new Birdorable birds this week, the first one being this Eurasian Tree Sparrow. In eastern Asia this cute little bird is widespread in towns and cities, but in Europe, where the House Sparrow is occupying the cities, it is a bird of wooded areas and open countryside. It is not an endangered bird globally, but it is declining in western Europe due to change in farming practices and use of herbicides. There is also a small population of about 15,000 birds in the United States, around St. Louis and parts of Illinois and Iowa. These birds, believe it or not, are descendants of 12 birds taken over from Germany that were released in 1870 in an attempt to enhance the North American avifauna. The birds were set free in Lafayette Park in St. Louis by a local bird dealer. Other European birds were also released, including Goldfinches and Chaffinches, but only the Eurasian Tree Sparrow successfully established a breeding population. If you're ever in St. Louis and want to find a Eurasian Tree Sparrow you can find some good instructions here.
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Photo Plaque 5.25" x 5.25" with Easel - The Eurasian Tree Sparrow is a native bird of Europe and Asia....
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Large Round Wall Clock - The Eurasian Tree Sparrow is a native bird of Europe and Asia....
Eurasian Tree Sparrow MP3 Speakers - The Eurasian Tree Sparrow is a native bird of Europe and Asia....
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Photo Notebook (6.5" x 8.75", 80 Pages B&W) - The Eurasian Tree Sparrow is a native bird of Europe and Asia....
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Placemat 20" x 14" - The Eurasian Tree Sparrow is a native bird of Europe and Asia....
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Blue Skies Macbook Pro Sleeve - The Eurasian Tree Sparrow is a native bird of Europe and Asia....
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Polyester Throw Pillow - The Eurasian Tree Sparrow is a native bird of Europe and Asia....
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Previous blog posts
- T-Shirt Tuesday: PI-geon (6/23/2009)
- T-Shirt Tuesday: Birdorable Masterpiece (6/16)
- Common Kestrel Coloring Page (6/15)
- Spot the Birdorable 44 (6/13)
- Our Backyard Birds (6/11)
- T-Shirt Tuesday: I Love Tits (6/9)
- Keel-billed Toucan Coloring Page (6/7)
- Spot the Birdorable 43 (6/5)
- 10 Cool Facts about Snowy Owls (6/4)
- T-Shirt Tuesday: Zebra Finch Statistics (6/2)
Hundreds to thousands of common loons stage on Lake County's inland lakes http://t.co/i2lPPErl1p
Drones? What drones? These birds don't seem to mind 'em: http://t.co/xJpoYkKo1Q via @audubonsociety
RT @RRBO: AOU considering splitting Painted Bunting. From next @BirdWatchDaily issue: http://t.co/DqG3eaVX8u
What did the gull say to the cat when its alarm clock went off? Gull jokes on the blog today http://t.co/31VOaT6sv3