San Diego County, California, US
This house sparrow was pecking at this dead pigeon carcass for a while. I've noticed sparrows feeding on roadkill before too. They're opportunist scavengers.
15 Oct 2010.
Langhorne, Bucks Co, PA.
Adult male in nonbreeding plumage.
Found at bird feeder.
Note yellowish bill, silvery cheek, and black breast concealed by pale feather tips. Photo by Sue Keim.
The House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) is a bird of the sparrow family Passeridae, found in most parts of the world. A small bird, it has a typical length of 16 cm (6.3 in) and a weight of 24–39.5 g (0.85–1.39 oz). Females and young birds are coloured pale brown and grey, and males have brighter black, white, and brown markings. One of about 25 species in the genus Passer, the House Sparrow is native to most of Europe, the Mediterranean region,...