House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

(P. d. mayaudi, P. d. domesticus)

Armenian Name: Տնային ճնճղուկ
House Sparrow

See Plate 58 for House Sparrow and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Common
Length:14-15 cm, Wing Span:21-25.5 cm
Distribution Map: Map 329.
Description: Females and juveniles are rather plain; grayish brown-yellow overall with paler supercilium and stripes on back and wings.
Adult (Breeding): Male has gray crown, red-brown from eye to neck, white cheeks, and black bib.
Adult (Non-breeding): Male is paler and duller.
Similar Species: Male differs from Eurasian Tree Sparrow and male Spanish Sparrow by gray crown. Female and juvenile differ from Spanish Sparrow by smaller bill.
Behavior: Often tame. Gregarious, especially outside breeding season.
Habitat: Urban areas and nearby fields.
Food: Seeds, small invertebrates.
Nest: Cup of grass in crevice, hole in building or cliff, base of stork or raptor nest, nest box, or dense shrub.
Eggs: 22 mm, 3-7, white, brown spots.