The Sparrow – passer domesticus


Sparrows

Adult size (approx.): 14.5cm

Habitat

The House Sparrow is common in both rural and urban areas where they are commonly found around buildings.

Biology

Nests are made by the male in various places such as trees, houses and in and around drainage pipes.  4-6 eggs can be laid with incubation lasting 11-14 days.  They fledge after approximately 15 days.  The breeding season is normally between April and August with 2 or 3 broods being reared during this time.

Importance

House Sparrows can cause damage by fouling over foodstuffs in warehouses and can be associated with breakdowns of hygiene.  They have been known to damage fruits such as plums, currants and gooseberries, which can be cumulative and serious.  Their presence inside units where animal food is handled in bulk and where livestock’s are held can pose a serious potential health hazard.

Control

Stupefying bait is the best way to control the House Sparrow, particularly in buildings.  Netting or wire mesh can be used in difficult places where they may be nesting.

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