Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

        (Passer montanus)

The Eurasian Tree Sparrow is a passerine bird (also called a song bird) of the sparrow family. It is somewhat smaller and much more shy than the house sparrow. It lives in many parts of Asia and all over Europe with the exception of Iceland and central and northern Scandinavia. The sociable Eurasian Tree Sparrow winters with buntings and finches in integrated flocks. The adult birds feed mainly on seeds of herbs, grass and grain.

For brooding the Eurasian Tree Sparrow builds a rather untidy nest with an entrance at the side. The nest is typically located in cavities of old trees and constructed of stems, feathers, leaves and even flowers. The female lays four to six eggs and broods for 11 to 13 days. Some mates stay together for a lifetime and even use the same cavity for years in a row while other Eurasian Tree Sparrow males court a new female every spring.

Oh, there’s so much more I could tell you, ... *

Oh, there’s so much more I could tell you, about my lung system, the miracle of flight, the super-construction of my feathers, my navigation system … But I’ll leave that all to my colleague, the swallow, who is much more of an expert in such matters.

Just tell me this: Do you still believe that I’m a descendent of some kind of creeping animal? No, my Creator is neither “Coincidence” nor “Millions of Years”. My Creator is the One who spoke the word on the fifth day, that birds were to fly over the earth. He is the one who created all of us after our kinds. He is the One who blessed us, and delights in us. I am a miraculous work of His hands. You too! We really ought to praise Him together!"

* quotes from the book "If Animals Could Talk"

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