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About the House Sparrow

Also known as: English Sparrow

The House Sparrow is the most widely distributed wild bird on our planet. It is originally native to Europe and much of Asia and has also followed humans all over the world. It has been intentionally or accidentally introduced to most of the Americas, sub-Saharan Africa, New Zealand and Australia as well as urban areas in other parts of the world.

Unfortunately, In large parts of Europe populations of House Sparrows are in decline. In the Netherlands the House Sparrow is even considered an endangered species.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 14 November 2008
Scientific Name Passer domesticus
  • Passeriformes
  • Passeridae
  • Passer
  • P. domesticus
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 27 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
5.5 to 6 inches
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia Southeast Asia South Asia North Africa West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East) Australia and New Zealand Oceania

International Names

  • Pardal (Brazilian)
  • Vrabec Domácí (Czech)
  • Gråspurv (Danish)
  • Huismus (Dutch)
  • Varpunen (Finnish)
  • Moineau Domestique (French)
  • Haussperling (German)
  • Passero Domestico (Italian)
  • イエスズメ (Lesuzume) (Japanese)
  • 집참새 (Jipchamsae) (Korean)
  • Gråspurv (Norwegian)
  • Wróbel Domowy (Polish)
  • Домовый воробей (Russian)
  • Gorrión Común (Spanish)
  • Gråsparv (Swedish)

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