HOUSE SPARROW (Passer domesticus)
DESCRIPTION: The House Sparrow The breeding male has a grey head and black mask, bill, and bib. The back of the head (nape) is rusty, as well as the back and wings, which have black streaks. The under parts are grey. The non-breeding male has less black. The female has duller colors and no black, and the bill is yellowish. On the ground, the bird is a hopper rather than a walker.This bird is around 15 cm (6 inches) long.
NAME: The English name ‘Sparrow’ derives from Anglo-Saxon ‘Spearwa’, which means ‘flutterer’, and it has been applied to many small birds (Choate). The English word ‘house’ in the bird’s name, as well as ‘domesticus’ in the Latin name, both refer to this species’ proximity to human buildings, which they often use to build their nests. And about the name ‘sparrow’ – this bird is an ‘Old World’ sparrow, NOT related to all the other ‘New World’ sparrows in North America. As the Latin name implies, it is a passerine,
DIET: It feeds on seeds, grain, and food scraps in cities. Because of their feeding habits, they can easily monopolize bird feeders as well.  When raising their young house sparrows will also feed on insects.
NESTING: House sparrows that do nest in natural areas select tree holes, often displacing native species to claim the nest.
DISTRIBUTION: The house sparrow is widespread around the world, and wherever humans settled, they brought that species with them. The house sparrow is native to Europe and parts of Asia, so its presence elsewhere in the world is due to its introduction.
ON PEI: The house sparrow is fairly common on Prince Edward Island and is a year-round resident.
REFERENCES: (Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas)

House sparrow on a bench -Wellington Botanic Garden, NZ
House sparrow on a bench, happy to be photographed – Wellington Botanic Garden, NZ
House sparrow resting on a 'bed of roses' - Wellington Botanic Garden, NZ
House sparrow resting on a ‘bed of roses’ – Wellington Botanic Garden, NZ