House Sparrow
Passer domesticus

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Photos by Peter LaTourrette.  North American Birds Photo Gallery  Conditions of Use
Field Marks
  • Gray crown
  • Black throat, upper breast, and small mask; less black on throat in winter
  • Grayish side of neck and underparts
  • Rusty-brown nape and upperparts
  • Black streaks on back
  • White patch in wing
  • Gray rump
  • Black bill in summer; yellowish in winter


The House Sparrow is an introduced species form Europe.  It has completely adapted to living in urban environments and can be found in almost every city or town in the U.S.


An abundant permanent resident of Atlanta.