English Sparrow

3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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No. 31 English Sparrow Length 6 1/4 inches This well-known and much-discussed bird was first introduced into the United States in 1851. Through its aggressive character, combined with remarkable powers of reproduction and adaptability, it has spread over practically all of the United States and Canada. Many careful studies have been made of the habits of the species, in order to determine its true economic status. It would seem that, now and then, the English Sparrow does real service as a destroyer of insect pests, but its well-known tendency to drive away our native birds, together with it uncleanly habits and its destruction of grain and tender garden plants, have eveywhere caused a consensus of opinion against the little alien. The general attitude of the public is well expressed in the title of a Government Bulletin which is called "The English Sparrow as a Pest." There is no doubt that the English Sparrow is deceasing in some sections, particularly in our larger cities, where motor vehicles have replaced horses. The nest is of any sort of material to be had, and is placed in every kind of situation. The eggs are from four to seven, varying from almost white to brownish olive and marked with darker specks and bloches. Classification: Order Passeres, Family Frinfillidae. Scientific name: Passer domesticus. Range: Nearly over the whole of Europe, extending eastward to Persia and India. Now over most of the United States and Canada

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