Category Archives: species

House Sparrows and broods

Obviously, I am talking a lot about the House Sparrow. That’s because these days I sit and watch them out the window. In our last post, I told a little story of how our House Sparrow mates were building a nest to lay eggs. After I wrote that, I saw a juvenile: Beside that juvenile […]


Nice house sparrows

Today I saw two beautiful House Sparrows. These species are not native to North America but were introduced first in 1851 in New York. They can be seen widely outside their native range now. I believe I have seen this above male many times. Earlier it was bringing food, perhaps to a nest and his […]


Sleep and migration in White-crowned Sparrows

White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) is a small sparrow in the Passerellidae family. It has a huge range across North American all the way from the northern tips of Alaska and Canada where it breeds to its wintering range in Central America. A 2004 study by Rattenborg et al. [1] studied sleep in White-crowned Sparrows. They […]


Species: Purple Martin

What is the Purple Martin? The Purple Martin (Progne subis) in a very unusual swallow in the family Hirundinidae and order Passeriformes. It is a beautiful bird that subsists on insects, flying through the air catching them on the wing.