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Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Eurasian Wigeon
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  • Platalea leucorodia
  • Egrets & Other Waders

About the Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Also known as: Tree Sparrow, German Sparrow

The Tree Sparrow (or Eurasian Tree Sparrow in the United States) is a cute little bird with a chestnut crown and black patch on its white cheeks. It is a widespread bird in urban areas throughout Asia, but in Europe it prefers to live in lightly wooded countryside. There is also a small population of about 15,000 birds in North America, primarily around St Louis and parts of Illinois and Iowa. They are descendants from 12 birds imported from Germany and released in 1870 as part of a project to enhance the native North American avifauna.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 23 June 2009
Scientific Name Passer montanus
  • Passeriformes
  • Passeridae
  • Passer
  • P. montanus
Birdorable Family Sparrows
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
5 to 5.5 inches
8.25 inches
0.86 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia Southeast Asia

International Names

  • Vrabec Polní (Czech)
  • Skovspurv (Danish)
  • Ringmus (Dutch)
  • Pikkuvarpunen (Finnish)
  • Moineau Friquet (French)
  • Feldsperling (German)
  • Passero Mattugio (Italian)
  • スズメ (Suzume) (Japanese)
  • 참새 (Korean)
  • Spurvfink (Norwegian)
  • Mazurek (Polish)
  • Полевой воробей (Russian)
  • Gorrión Molinero (Spanish)
  • Pilfink (Swedish)

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