|Copyright: Arunas Eismantas (Aukstaitis)
|Date Taken: 2007-01-27|
|Camera: Nikon D80|
|Exposure: f/3.7, 1/125 seconds|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2007-01-31 13:15|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The Tree Sparrow, Passer montanus, is spread over most of Europe and Siberia, and allied forms occur in other parts of Asia. It has been introduced to Australia. In the United States (where it is known as the Eurasian Tree Sparrow to differentiate it from the native, unrelated American Tree Sparrow), German immigrants introduced it to the area around St. Louis in the 1870s. From there, it has slowly expanded its range into Illinois and Missouri. Changes in farming methods have meant that species is declining in some parts of western Europe.|
This 12.5–14 cm long bird is often confused with the larger House Sparrow, but its rich brown, almost coppery head, a black patch on its white cheeks, and a double white wing bar, together its slighter and more graceful build, are distinctive. The sexes are practically alike, an important specific character.
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Cloning the background a bit and it is a hit.