The difference between houses and trees (sparrows)

To expand my familys’ and friends’ basic knowledge of birds – a short summary of the main differences between tree sparrows (skovspurv) and house sparrow (gråspurv) – good luck!

Tree sparrow / skovspurv: Male and female are similar, and a tip to remember: both have been playing the the forest (think trees) and have “dirty cheeks”!

Tree Sparrow (male or female, both similar). Image: Wikipedia

Tree Sparrow (skovspurv) (male and female similar). Image: Wikipedia, labels me.

House Sparrow / Gråspurv: The male and female are different, but they have been playing indoors (in the house) and therefore have “clean cheeks”. (Det virker ikke så godt på Dansk!)

Male House Sparrow. Image: RSPB. Labels, mine.

Male House Sparrow. Image: RSPB. Labels, me.

Female House Sparrow. Image: Wikipedia. Labels, mine.

Female House Sparrow. Image: Wikipedia. Labels, me.

Further info: National Trust Ranger BlogBig Schools Bird Watch, Dansk Ornithologsk Forening – Gråspurv og Skovspurv, RSPB – House sparrow and Tree sparrow

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