Young House Sparrow


There seem to be a lot of young sparrows in the Calgary trees these days. I find them hard to identify based on their plumage. But sometimes I see them with a parent.


This little guy also got a visit from a sibling.



    • Aw, that’s harsh. Do House Sparrows in some way wreak havoc where you live?

      I have never had any issues with these birds so I tend to appreciate their cute flitting about and cute little chirps. They are quite plentiful in Calgary, but I guess it is because they are really well suited to the city environment and can survive the cold winters. I never see them in forested parks, grasslands or wetlands. I can’t dislike them because they are not native since I’m not native. Besides, their non-nativity is due to a human error in judgement and they thrive in environments built by humans.


  1. They are native here (Central Finland), so they don’t wreak any havoc! I love the silly little things, with their happy chirping and the little family groups accousting you at outdoor seating of cafes for crumbs, like cute fluffy-feathered mafia!

    I am sorry to hear they are invasive where you are. This is why environmental controls between continents in centuries past would have been a really good thing.

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    • Cute fluffy-feathered mafia :-D!

      They are quite cute but they reproduce a little too well here in some areas. I don’t mind them as long as they don’t crowd out other birds. I had a bird feeder with a big platform in my backyard for two weeks and the House Sparrows totally invaded my backyard. The trees were full of them! I changed the feeder to a clinging type and now I only get a few House sparrows who don’t mind clinging and the other birds get a turn too (and the squirrels).

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