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Passer montanus C Wildlife Tree Sparrow


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The Tree Sparrow Passer montanus is a finch-like bird. There are two UK species but several others in Europe, Asia and Africa. They have stout bodies, rounded wings and broad heads, with deep, conical bills adapted for seed-eating.
They are social and loosely colonial when breeding. Most nest in cavities but some may nest in bushes or trees, building untidy nests of grass and assorted rubbish. They have no well-developed songs, but several variations on loud chirps and cheeps. Some species are closely associated with people.
The UK tree sparrow population has suffered a severe decline, estimated at 93 per cent between 1970 and 2008. However, recent Breeding Bird Survey data is encouraging, suggesting that numbers may have started to increase, albeit from a very low point.
I encourage them in the garden as the chirps of birds adds something special to the garden. I am not sure if they are as beneficial to the garden as the Blue Tit and Robins, but I enjoy their presence in the garden.

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