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Tree Sparrow

(Passer montanus)

Tree sparrows are listed as a red species of conservation concern. Today there are around 200,000 breeding pairs of these shy country birds in the UK. Smaller than the house sparrow, they have a rich chestnut crown and nape, with a kidney-shaped black ear patch on each pure white cheek. Male and female feature the same plumage, while young birds are a duller version of the adult.

Tree sparrows are very social birds, often seen in small flocks and heard singing their unforgettable ‘tschelp’ cry. This sound can sometimes be incessant and similar to the house sparrow’s, but lower pitched and less friendly.

An incredibly active bird, tree sparrows can be seen flitting around and nesting in buildings. Breeding begins in early April, with around three broods, each containing between five or six eggs. Tree sparrows have a fledging period of around 15 to 18 days.


Tree Sparrows eat seeds and insects and will feed from the ground and bird feeders.


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