Species group: Sparrows and Weavers
Other common names: English Sparrow
Scientific name: Passer domesticus
Because the House Sparrow is both relatively plain and extremely common, it's rather rare to encounter this species in captivity. However, since it thrives near human habitation, it may be the most widely distributed wild bird of all time. Originally from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, the House Sparrow has been deliberately or accidentally introduced to every continent except Antarctica as well as a great many islands both large and small.In a shocking twist, the bird once nicknamed the English Sparrow and the one-time symbol of London has vanished very suddenly from that city for reasons that no one has been able to explain.
Normal adult males in breeding plumage stand out because of their gray crowns and black bibs, although females aren't particularly eye-catching. Breeders have developed several attractive mutations including albino and white birds.
30 grams (1 oz.)
14 - 16 centimeters (6 in.)
10 - 12 years
Behavior / temperament:
Wild House Sparrows seem to be naturally bold and confiding, and they can learn to identity and approach humans who will feed them. Hand-raised House Sparrows can learn to fly to their owner for food or to play with small bird toys. However, because the wild birds are so common and often considered a pest, most of us will never encounter a hand-raised House Sparrow.
A hand-raised individual pet House Sparrow that exercises by flying may have a small canary sleep cage. However, this active bird will likely need to spend time out with you in a safe, bird-proofed room. If you can't allow your pet out that much, you will need to provide a much larger flight cage than you might think reasonable at first glance. Breeding colonies will require large aviaries with more than enough nestboxes for each pair.
The House Sparrow probably became associated with humans at about the time of the invention of agriculture, so it's easy to figure out that they like seeds and cereal grains. One breeder suggested a budgerigar mix, supplemented with millet sprays and peanuts. Other owners have offered black sunflower seed as well. They also need green food like lettuce or chickweed as well as eggfood or grubs like small mealworms during the breeding season.
Written by Elaine Radford
peppy little bird, fearless birds, brilliant character, Unusually good housepets
baby sparrows, proper ventilation, rescue bird, dirt baths, heat bulb
House sparrows, a wild experience
Before you read this review I want to make clear that the House Sparrows are a wild species that need to stay in the nature. If you rescued a House Sparrow you must to keep in mind that it is not a pet and, after receiving the necessary care, it needs to be released into the nature!
In the last ten years my grandmother has living in a house that, when purchased, came with a nest on the roof. So in every single spring we have as companion a family of House Sparrows. For all this time, many times the chicks fall from the nest, sometimes on my neighbor’s house, sometimes on mine. In all, seven puppies fell at home and I had the privilege of caring for five of them.
When they fall, the babies are generally too young and very needy, and it’s an aggravating… it’s a very difficult specie to take care when it is too young because they lose body heat fast and they need the proper feed and methods of feeding. As I have experience in dealing with these animals, I'll give you some tips on how to care for them in a situation like the one I mentioned above.
First of all you have to keep the babies warm: take a shoe box and cut a part of the cover, then pad it with some pieces of tissues, like scarfs, or milkweed in very small grains. The side that was taken of the cover will help the baby to breath when, at night, you close it on the box to sleep (it's better). Warmed the babies, you need to feed them! Go to the pet store and buy the proper feed to this specie (feed for no-curved beaks birds) and a small syringe (without the needle). Back in home you’ll prepare this to feed the babies: you have to mix a portion of the feed with a little of tepid water until you get an aqueous slurry, it should be put in the syringe and given to the babies, slowly, in their beaks opened (it happens naturally when you come to them with food, they perceive it! xD).
In the course of time your babies will grow up and be feathered. They’ll start to try to fly by themselves, but if you want you can help them with some “flying lessons” by dropping them on the bed of a small or medium height. At this moment you should watch out for them a lot because if you have other animals at home (like dogs or cats) the birds can fly from their safe place to the death, it’s a dangerous moment so all attention is required!
When they start to fly all day long it’ll be the time to release them into nature… It’s a sad moment because this specie is very affectionate and cute and it’s impossible to not create a lot of affection to them, but duty calls you and you need to be strong! Take them to a very wooded place and release them. You have to be happy and keep in mind that you’ll have done everything you could for them and the nature will assume all the responsibility now… ^_~
In memory of Cain, Beak, Birdo, Gangster and Violent: I hope you're very happy!.
From xmoonchildx Mar 8 2015 10:14PM
Waffle the house sparrow
My experience is with a house sparrow that fell out of its nest in the middle of the night. It had only "pin feathers" when I found it and could not fly at all. Although there were several nests around I couldn't tell which one it had fallen from and the parents didn't come for it (probably because they were asleep and didn't realize the baby had fallen. I live in an apartment complex where people routinely let their pets (both dogs and cats) out at night with little to no supervision (let alone a leash), and I was fairly certain that if I left the bird out it would not be alive in the morning. So far she (it seems to be a female) has done well. She learned to fly and eat on her own. She has now started her "adult molt". She has imprinted so she is unfortunately not releasable.
I have previously owned a conure and a parakeet (budgie) and she is much friendlier than either of them were, though I realize that's likely due to the fact that she was hand fed and (as far as I know) the conure and parakeet were not. Her song is pretty, though obviously not as pretty as a canary's probably would be. She does make a kind of harsh "tsk, tsk" sound when she's upset but she doesn't make the loud grating screech sounds that parrots and conures do. She has been fairly easy to train as far as that goes, though all I've really taught her is "up", "down", and "come". I use blueberries and lettuce as treats for her. She enjoys perching on my finger or shoulder and will sometimes take a nap in my hand. She can also be feisty and stubborn but for the most part she is really sweet. She likes to go to sleep no later than 10 pm and will get cranky if she's still out of her cage past 9:00 pm.
I have not been able to get her to take a water bath, but I keep a small shallow container in her cage with some water in it in case she wants to try it. As has been mentioned by others, she LOVES to take "dust baths". I removed the grate at the bottom of the cage and always keep some sandy grit in the cage pan so that she can use that for dust baths.
I was also surprised to find that she enjoyed playing with toys. I thought that toys were mainly a parrot/budgie thing and in the beginning had put only one or two in her cage just as an experiment and to brighten it up. Once I discovered that she would play with them I bought more and she now has a sizable collection of them that I rotate in and out of her cage. Her favorites seem to be a swing and an air plane, though she also enjoys toys with bells.
The only difficult thing about having her is making sure she's getting the nutrients she needs. I've been trying to give her a variety (ie blueberries, lettuce, egg protein, insects/insect protein, seed, and pellets, etc) so that she's not just eating one thing. As one of the other posters mentioned it's always difficult to know for sure because there's not much information out there. I have found a couple of websites/communities that had helpful info, www.starlingtalk.com (has info about starlings and house sparrows), and www.housesparrowsinmyhouse.org . Both sites have useful info about feeding baby and adult sparrows..
From Cobweb Jul 15 2015 6:04PM