House Sparrows

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House Sparrow Identification

Size: 14 to 18 cm long, wingspan of 19 to 25 cm.

Colour: Brown to grey colour variations in their feathers.

Description: Males are brightly coloured with grey heads, a black bib, white cheeks, and a reddish-brown neck. Females are brown overall with a grey-brown belly. Both male and female house sparrows have striped backs that feature white, black and brown.

Order/Family: Passeriformes / Passeridae.

Scientific Name: Passer domesticus.

Did You Know?

House sparrows with more black on their necks tend to dominate over other males with less black colouring.

House Sparrow Biology

House sparrows only eat insects when their babies are young. During the rest of their lifespan, they enjoy a diet that includes grain crops, grain, and other seeds. They often begin breeding in March and may continue until August. A pair raise up to four broods every year, having as many as six eggs at a time. Sparrow eggs vary in colour from white to light blue. Each sparrow lays five to six eggs, and they require 10 to 14 days to incubate.

House Sparrow Behaviour, Diet, Habitat and Life Cycle

House sparrows prefer to nest in protected man-made or natural environments, such as openings in structures, gutters, signs and light fixtures. They will displace other birds from their nests and use it as their own. This bird species frequently nests in kitchens, bathrooms, ovens, and dryer vents. They will often reuse their nest if possible.

They mostly eat seeds and grains, including livestock feed. House sparrows living in the city are used to munching on commercial birdseed from bird feeders or discarded food from humans. They eat corn, wheat, oats, and sorghum. In the wild, they’ll eat grasses, crabgrass, ragweed and buckwheat.

Wondering How To Get Rid Of House Sparrows?

If you’re struggling to handle a residential or commercial sparrow problem, a professional pest control company can help. House sparrow removal starts with an inspection to determine the species, population size and the equipment required to get rid of them. After that, the correct removal techniques can be utilized, whether that involves common methods such as trapping, netting, and spike systems.

Sparrows are aggressive and competitive towards other birds by nature so that’s why they often seek human shelter. Worse still, they also don’t migrate further than five miles from their nesting sites to find food. Ultimately, the best way to remove them for good is to call Terminix Canada.

Terminix Canada House Sparrow Removal Can Help You

House sparrows are a common source of problems for home and business owners when they create nests in unwanted places.

Terminix Canada offers several pre-emptive house sparrow removal and bird control services before they cause significant damage to your property. Our humane bird removal service is the best and safest way to rid your home or business of house sparrows for good. Elsewhere, Terminix Canada offers an industrial pond netting service for commercial properties too.

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