What do sparrows look like?

a sparrow sitting on a branch outside of a home in plano illinois

Adult sparrows grow to be about 6-1/4 inches in length from the tip of their bill to the top of their tail, and they weigh about 1 ounce. The sparrow’s appearance varies depending on whether it's a male or a female.

The male sparrow’s head is gray with whitish cheeks, and they have a single white wing bar. The topside of a male’s body is chestnut brown, while their underside is a lighter grayish-tan. The throat and upper breast is black.

The topside of the female sparrow’s body is tan, and they have dark reddish-brown wings. The underside of their body is lighter tan. The female’s bill is a shade of yellow, and they have pale eyebrows.

Where are sparrows found?

Much like rodents that enjoy easy access to food and water sources, sparrows often are found close to people. Males build their nests out of sticks, grass, straw, string, fabrics, and similar materials that they find. Sparrows prefer to build their spherical nests in closed places in Quad City like gutters, down spouts, vents, soffits, roof overhangs, and behind shutters and siding. If left no other option, they may build their nest in a tree.

What do sparrows eat?

Sparrows have a varied diet, eating basically whatever they come across. They eat seeds from bird feeders, scraps from unsecured garbage cans, grains, fruit, vegetables, and the occasional insect.

DIY sparrow prevention and control tips

Controlling sparrows on your property is important because they can build nests in inappropriate areas, leave large amounts of their corrosive droppings on your facility, signage and property, and can carry and spread serious diseases. A good way to control sparrows and prevent problems with them on your property is to get rid of all possible food and water sources found there.

Professional sparrow control

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