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Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) (Photo hedera.baltica/, CCBY-SA2.0)

Tree sparrow (Passer montanus)

Size & weight: 14 cm, 20-24 g

Appearance: Blackish-brown colored upperparts, rusty-brown head, white cheeks with black cheek patch, which House Sparrows lack

Habitat: Inhabits diverse woods, parks and gardens.

Song: Woody-sounding song ("chrep")

Nest & breeding: Breeds in loose colonies in nests in tree hollows, wall holes and nesting boxes. Between April and July the female lays 4-6 eggs 1-3 times a year.

Food: Seeds, buds, insects, but also human food waste


Play call © Marco Dragonetti /


Play song  © Marco Dragonetti /


A joint initiative of the Austrian Ornithological Centre and Die Garten Tulln