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House Sparrow As well as raiding our crocuses sparrows can also cause havoc to seed beds as they love to create dust baths – small bird sized hollows – in any fine dry soil. The also will congregate in bird baths to drink or bathe. Many people think of sparrows as dull little brown birds but if you take the time to look more closely you may change your mind. The photo below shows a male sparrow with the sun highlighting the chestnut colours on his back. The male has a dark grey cap and white cheeks. The black bib on his chest indicates his status in the group with the most dominant males having the largest bibs. His underparts are light grey. The chest and underparts of the female is a light fawn. She lacks the cap, cheek and bib markings but has light streaks starting behind her eyes and continuing towards the back of her head. Her back is paler with lighter coloured bars on her wings. RELATED TOPICS Biodiversity Feed the birds Supporting Nature Garden Birds To Garden Birds Menu Page