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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Tree Sparrow

Hebrides bird sightings -  Tree Sparrow

Tree Sparrow

(Eurasian Tree Sparrow)

Passer domesticus

Gaelic : Gealbhonn, Glaisean


Photography ©Terry Fountain
St Kilda - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
4th May, 2007


  • Tree Sparrow
  • Passer domesticus
  • Gaelic : Gealbhonn, Glaisean
  • UK: RED LIST. 68,000 territories (Summer) BTO
  • UK: Resident Breeder, Passage Visitor
  • WI: Former breeder (Last record in 1985), otherwise uncommon passage visitor (low numbers)
  • Breeding: Europe, Asia (Introduced to Australia, US)
  • Habitat: Hedgerows, woodland edges, farmland, towns
  • Diet: Seeds from foraging on ground - also on plants, (nestlings fed insects)
  • Similar to but smaller than a House Sparrow. Chestnut-brown head & nape (instead of grey). White cheeks & collar (with contrasting black cheek-patch). More active than House Sparrow. Holds tail cocked like a Wren.
  • Typical lifespan 2yrs. Max recorded lifespan 13yrs 1mth
  • Listen to a Tree Sparrow (RSPB site)
  • Similar birds: House Sparrow


In Britain Tree Sparrows are shyer than House Sparrows and are not often associated with people, however in Europe Tree Sparrows nest in buildings and houses like the House Sparrows do here.


Tree Sparrow records in the Western Isles

Former breeder (Last record in 1985), otherwise uncommon passage visitor (low numbers)
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)

The chart below shows how abundant the Tree Sparrow is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.













(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)



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