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Living with House Sparrows

House Sparrow

House Sparrow

The House Sparrow, Passer domesticus, is not native to North America and in fact it was introduced in the 1850s from England. It was mistakenly thought that it would reduce insect pests to crops. It is now one of the most abundant birds in North America and the most widely distributed bird on earth. They are not actually sparrows but Old World Weaver Finches, which are noted for their resourceful nest building.