House Sparrows

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

Appearance

Image of a House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)| Rentokil Pest Control NZ
  • They are less than 15cm long. Male House Sparrows can be identified by the grey crown on their heads, and black throat ‘bib’, whereas females and young are mostly plain brown.

Lifecycle

  • Sparrows live for four to seven years, with up to five breeding seasons.
  • The breeding season runs through Spring and Summer, and up to three broods of 4–6 eggs may be laid in this time.

Habits

  • The same nest will tend to be used every year, resulting in a build up of nest debris, and insects associated with their nests.
  • It is a pest to the food industry in particular because of the risk of contamination from their droppings and the damage done to packaged goods.

The House Sparrow is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

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