Eurasian Tree Sparrow

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 23 June 2009
Scientific Name
Passer montanus
  • Passeriformes
  • Passeridae
  • Passer
  • P. montanus
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
5 to 5.5 inches
8.25 inches
0.86 ounces


International Names

Czech (Cesky) Vrabec Polní
Danish (Dansk) Skovspurv
Dutch (Nederlands) Ringmus
Finnish (Suomi) Pikkuvarpunen
French (Français) Moineau Friquet
German (Deutsch) Feldsperling
Italian (Italiano) Passero Mattugio
Japanese (日本語) スズメ (Suzume)
Korean (한국어) 참새
Norwegian (Norsk) Spurvfink
Polish (Polski) Mazurek
Russian (русский язык) Полевой воробей
Spanish (Español) Gorrión Molinero
Swedish (Svenska) Pilfink
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