544 House Sparrow

The House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) is a small bird of 14-18 cm length with a large rounded head, a stout bill, and a short tail. Its plumage is mostly different shades of grey and brown and underparts are pale grey or white. It occurs naturally in Asia and Europe, but was introduced in Africa, Australia, and the Americas. House sparrows live in the vicinity of human habitations and survive on seeds, grains, discarded food, and insects.