Sorting Sparrows: House Sparrow (male)

House Sparrows (in the family Passeridae*) were introduced in New York City from England in the 1850s and can now be found throughout much of North America.

Photo of House Sparrow male

I've previously shown a drab female, so when this male recently allowed a close approach, I took the opportunity to capture these photos.  With a gray crown and black bib, the chunky, chatty males of this species are pretty easy to recognize.

Photo of House Sparrow male

*Note: Taxonomists separate House Sparrows from other North American, so-called New World, sparrows which are all in the family Emberizidae, along with Juncos, Towhees, and others.

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