Today is world Sparrow day.
I guess Sparrows need little introduction however there are some interesting facts about them especially as we lump them all into one species as these sweet little birds seem to be never far away.
Old World Sparrows are considered true Sparrows and are a distinct species from the New World Sparrows which are more closely associated with Buntings.
The House sparrow and the Eurasian Tree Sparrow are probably the most familiar to us.
Sparrows mostly eat seeds and small insects although they are opportunistic in cities or where ever humans have been and will eat what has been dropped or discarded us.
Sparrows have a rather sparse fossil record up until 10000-20000 years ago. Once agriculture began to spread Sparrows moved with it and evolved to the climate they found themselves in.
Below are some interesting links to the Sparrow.
By Brendon Crook