Hear sparrow sounds that will help you recognize these common birds in your own backyard!
While sparrows may not be as flashy as some brightly colored songbirds, these familiar birds often live in cities and neighborhoods, making them an important bird to recognize! Sparrows are small, plump, brown or grey birds that are highly social. They often live in large flocks and can be found nesting near or even in human houses! The sparrow is one of a few types of birds that practice dust bathing, a behavior where the sparrow digs a small hole then lays down and uses its wings to flick dust over its body.
Sparrows may be harder to spot than other birds, since their subtle brown feathers offer a bit of camouflage in their natural surroundings. However, once you learn sparrow sounds you'll be able to identify these birds without even seeing them! Sparrow songs are simple and consist of a series of 'cheep' notes. Makes are typically the ones who sing, using their voices to attract a mate. Female sparrows only occasionally use their song, also in hopes of attracting a new mating partner. In flocks, sparrows also use other calls to communicate, such as a single 'cheep' to indicate submissiveness. Females also make a chattering sound to chase off other females.
Listen to the sparrow's simple yet beautiful song! Birdwatchers will delight in recognizing the sparrow by its voice alone!