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A brown and gray sparrow that nests in the eaves and roofs of houses, common from Europe to southern Asia and introduced elsewhere.Also called English sparrow
- ‘The usual birds of winter were out there - chickadees, cardinals, blue jays, doves, starlings, mockingbirds, house sparrows, white-throats, mallards, and black ducks - but nothing remarkable.’
- ‘The oldest recorded Old World sparrow was a house sparrow that lived to be 13 years and 4 months in the wild.’
- ‘The house sparrow was introduced to multiple locations in North America from Europe in the 1850s.’
- ‘At this site, house sparrows often nest close to available food sources.’
- ‘That's counting the birds like starlings, rock doves and house sparrows, introduced species most birders don't even count!’
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