What the bird… #2: Tree- and Italian Sparrow
Do those little brown birds all look alike for you, too? Last time I wrote about the House Sparrow. It is abundant in Switzerland and mostly just “the sparrow”. If you are a little bit used in bird watching you can see the differences between a House and an Eurasian Tree Sparrow.
The male House Sparrow has a grey cap, the Tree Sparrow a brown one. Male and female Tree Sparrows look the same, not like the House Sparrow. A good field mark to identify the Tree Sparrow is its brown dot on the cheek.
The Italian Sparrow has only one big difference to the House Sparrow: a brown instead of a grey cap. It lives south of the Alps, in the Ticino and in Italy. I once saw them in the very south of Italy and I wasn’t able to take a photo.
More information on the Tree Sparrow: http://www.vogelwarte.ch/eurasian-tree-sparrow.html
More informatione on the Italian Sparrow: http://www.vogelwarte.ch/italian-sparrow.html