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House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

The House Sparrow is the most widely distributed Palearctic bird and is present on every continent, except Antarctica, thanks to its markedly human loving character. It has a continuous distribution in Europe and is a regular presence in towns, cities and rural areas, certainly the best known being passerine by human populations.

The scientific name of the House Sparrow alludes to his habits: Passer is the Latin word for sparrow and domesticus means domestic. This name was attributed by Gesner in 1555 and endures today.

Text: João E. Rabaça

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