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House sparrow


Common name House sparrow
Scientific name Passer domesticus
Type Urban birds
Status Resident

Small bird (about 15 cm or 6 in) with a sturdy appearance. Plumage in general of brown tones with darker streaks on the back, lighter and greyish in the belly area. Males with grey head, rufous nape and black bib. The bill is black in the males while in the females it has greyish tones.


Urban environments

Where it lives

Species very linked to man. It prefers rural or urban areas close to agricultural land and open areas, although it is very generalist and explores almost all types of habitats.

How it lives

Bird resident all year round in Malaga. It starts breeding in April, making 2 to 3 annual layings of 4 to 6 eggs, although it can get to breed at other times of the year according to the availability of food. Omnivorous feeding.

Where it can be seen in Malaga

Frequent and common species in almost all the Great Path.

Curious facts

The Celts considered the sparrows messengers of the Gods and that their presence was a sign of prosperity and good harvests. The Romans thought that the Gods sent the sparrows to the cupboards as protectors of the grain. Although they consumed a part, they eliminated the insects that could spoil the seeds. Paradoxically, today they are scarce and their presence in certain types of establishments and industries (food, hospitality, agriculture) is considered a nuisance.

Routes where it can be observed
Wintering Summer Resident Migration