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Sparrows (Passer domesticus) Family: Orioles & Blackbirds

House Sparrows

Sparrow Behavior

Sparrow Identification


Quick Bird Facts

  • Height: 5” - 6”
  • Weight: 1 oz.
  • Life Span: 1-2 years in wild
    > 10 in captivity
  • Flight Speed: 5 - 39 mph
  • Food: Seeds, grains insects and fruits, garbage
  • Habitat: Towns, villages, parks, gardens and industrial areas - usually nests on buildings holes and crevices, in creepers, trees and bushes and also in nest boxes.

House Sparrows Profile

This is a stout, stocky sparrow, with shorter legs and a thicker bill than native American sparrows. Members of both sexes are brown backed with black streaks throughout this area. Its underside is pale buff. Males have white cheeks and a black bib, while females do not. The tail is usually three-quarters the length of the wing. Wherever people build, House Sparrows sooner or later come to share their abodes. Though described as tame and semi-domestic, neither is strictly true; humans provide food and home, not companionship. The House Sparrow remains wary and resents familiarity.
The house sparrow call is a monotonous repeated cheep-cheep-cheep. 
Sparrow SoundHear It Now! 

Sparrow Problems

House Sparrows are often a nuisance in urban areas like manufacturing and food processing plants. Gutters and drainage pipes clogged with sparrow nests can backup and cause extensive water damage and fires have been attributed to electrical shorts caused by machinery housing sparrow nests. Lastly, feces buildup can lead to structural damage from the uric acid in droppings, plus the bacteria, fungal agents and parasites in the feces also pose a health risk.

In grain storage facilities, fecal contamination probably results in as much monetary loss as does the actual consumption of grain. House sparrow droppings and feathers create janitorial problems as well as hazardous, unsanitary, and odoriferous situations inside and outside of buildings and sidewalks under roosting areas. Damage can also be caused by the pecking of rigid foam insulation inside buildings. The bulky, flammable nests of house sparrows are a potential fire hazard.

Sparrows can be an extreme nuisance for homeowners. The chattering of the flock on a roost is an annoyance to nearby human residents. Nestlings are primarily fed insects, some of which are beneficial and some harmful to humans. Adult house sparrows compete with native, insectivorous birds. Martins and bluebirds, in particular, have been crowded out by aggressive sparrows that drive them away and destroy their eggs and young. House sparrows generally compete with native species for favored nest sites. Bluebirds are nearly non-existent in the U.S. due to house sparrows.


Sparrow Control

Sparrows are not protected by Fed. Government so manually removing there nests is a viable option. We sell numerous products to repel nuisance sparrows. Try combinations of noisemaker units, such as the BirdXPeller Pro and Super BirdXPeller Pro Sonic Repellers which emit natural distress calls and frightening sounds, plus mix in visual scare products like Terror Eyes and Irri-Tape visual deterrents. If they are too entrenched to be scared away, exclusion using BirdNet netting or Bird Stop biodegradable food and crop spray may prove effective. Traditional roost inhibitors like Bird Spikes or Shock Tape for ledges and sills is another option. Sting-'Em bird gel is an irritant sticky gel to prevent roosting on flat surfaces.

See our complete list below of recommended bird deterrent products to repel house sparrows.
To speak to a bird control professional, call BirdStoppers at 1-866-411-6287.
A "synergy" or combination of bird repellent products typically offer the most successful solution for repelling sparrows. For bird control solutions, we often recommend using companion products by combining electronic sonic repeller devices or bird hazers with visual scare deterrents, physical bird barriers or scent and taste aversion products. This kind of multi-sensory attack is extremely effective in deterring pest house sparrows for good!

Electronic Bird Repellers

Electronic Bird Repellers

BirdXPeller ProBirdXPeller ProSonic bird repeller emits real bird distress calls and predator sounds to scare away birds for up to 1 acre.
QuadBlaster QB-4QuadBlaster QB-4Ultrasonic bird repeller blast birds and bats out of semi-enclosed, indoor areas with silent ultrasonic waves.
Super BirdXPeller ProSuper BirdXPeller ProSonic bird repeller uses natural distress calls for bird control protection in large outdoor areas.
Ultrason XUltrason XOutdoor, ultrasonic bird control device uses "silent" high-pitch frequencies that only birds and bats can hear.
Visual Bird Scares & Decoys

Visual Bird Scares & Decoys

Bird BlazerBird BlazerElectronic laser bird control device covers large indoor spaces while distracting and confusing pest birds, rodents and bats.
Flock Off! UV PaintFlock Off! UV PaintUV reflective paint creates a visually intense barrier that birds instinctively avoid.
Flock ReflectorFlock ReflectorWind driven, visual deterrent disorients birds as it reflects light at multiple angles while it spins.
Irri-TapeIrri-TapeFoil tape repels birds with a synergy of visual, audible and physical distractions to scare them off.
Physical Bird Barriers & Roost Inhibitors

Physical Bird Barriers & Roost Inhibitors

Bird Netting - Standard MeshBird Netting - Standard MeshStandard Mesh, 3/4" bird netting is perfect to protect areas around the home or garden from birds.
Flock Off! Bird GelFlock Off! Bird GelEco-friendly perch inhibitor for residential use makes surfaces sticky and undesirable for birds to land on. 
Shock TapeShock TapeAdhesive-backed conductive tape sends a low voltage zap to stop birds from perching on surfaces.
Stainless Steel Bird SpikesStainless Steel Bird SpikesSteel bird spikes physically prevent pest birds from roosting on landing surfaces like rooftops, ledges, etc.
Sting 'Em Bird GelSting 'Em Bird GelSting 'Em Bird Gel is a roost inhibitor that makes landing surfaces sticky and irritable to pest birds. Works on many animals, too.
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