30 Little-known Fun Facts About Sparrows

Sparrow is one of the most common birds. It was once of the commonest bird of great Britain. Sparrows are known to most of us. They are small, mixed colored birds. They live around us. Sparrows are town birds. Many sparrow species also live in forests. Sparrows are widely present in modern culture and even in folklores. Sparrows are fast-flying birds. They are small, but they are really fascinating birds.

As a common bird, many features of the sparrow is known to us. But they have some more fascinating unknown facts. Like the sparrow seen in most Asia pacific areas are not house sparrows. Though they look the same, they are tree sparrows. Here we gathered some of the most amazing sparrow facts unknown to most of us.

The most common sparrow is the house sparrow. They are a bird of the Passeridae sparrow family.

The length of a sparrow is 6.3 inches on average. And they wights up to 24 to 39.5 grams.

Male sparrow is larger than the female sparrow. But females grow larger in the breeding season.

The black throat patch is a distinctive feature in male sparrows. These black patches are called the Badge.

There are around 24 species of sparrows are found all over the world.

Harris's sparrow is the largest sparrow species. This bird lives and breeds in Canada. In winter they Migrate to the USA.

Le Conte's sparrow is the smallest species of sparrows. They are seen all over North America.

It's believed that house sparrows are originated from the middle eastern zone and later speared all over Europe and North Africa.

Though small sparrows are not vulnerable birds. They are seen in diverse areas of the world, from deserts to tundras.

Sparrows are found nesting even under 640 meters below ground in an English coal mine. While they are also seen on the observation deck of the Empire State Building.

Most Sparrows are social birds. They are often seen singing and bathing together.

Sparrows mostly eat grains and seeds. They eat almost every small seeds. They also eat small insects.

Sparrows are first flyers. They can fly up to the speed of 45-kilo meters per hour.

Sparrows beat wings 15 times every second while they are flying.

Sparrows builts own nest and can lay up to 10 eggs in a season.

Sparrow offsprings are fed and raised by both of the parents for two weeks.

Sparrows live for 3-5 years on average.

The oldest recorded house sparrow lived for 19 years and 9 months.

In captivity a house sparrow lived for 23 years.

There are around 1.4 billion house sparrows in the world according to IUCN.

The number of house sparrows declined up to 90% in some areas of the world.

The number of house sparrows in Great Britain declined by 70% from the 1970s.

In 1958 Mao Zedong, the leader of then China declared war against sparrows and officially started a parge against sparrows. This purge killed 3,000,000 according to Radio Picking.

The great killing of sparrows caused a three-year-old famine in china. The famine killed over 36 million people. proving the importance of the bird in the ecosystem.

The Italian sparrow is a hybrid between the house and the Spanish sparrow.

Sparrows are often associated with the ancient Greek goddess of love Aphrodite.

In the Gospel of Mathew Sparrows are used as an example of divine providence.

There is an Egyptian hieroglyph based on sparrows. There is a hypothesis that the hieroglyph meant "a prolific man" or "the revolution of a year".

Sparrows live in colonies. These colonies are called flocks.

Cats are the main predator of sparrows.

Sparrows can be kept as pets.

These are all we have about sparrows now. Sparrows are one of the most important parts of our ecosystem. Though they are not listed as endangered species yet the numbers declined dramatically in the last couple of decades. Let be more loving towards the most human loving bird.

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