Chinese ‘sparrow’

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P1160338This little fellow and his/her flock were one of the few wild birds I saw when visiting China last month. In size and colour they were very similar to the sparrows in Australia and were just as flighty.

9 thoughts on “Chinese ‘sparrow’

    aussiebirder said:
    November 11, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    The reason there are so few birds is probably because, due to the poverty of the past, where many had to eat their birds, and some continue to do so today. The Chinese are known for eating almost anything for food, and have had to do so through the hardship of difficult years. One of the initiatives of Birdlife International is to help divert the slaughter of native and migrating birds through Asia. Counties that have been heavily populated for many years such as Britain and some countries of Europe have fewer species and numbers due to the birds being eaten for food in desperate times.

      margosnotebook responded:
      November 12, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      That certainly makes sense. There is so much pollution in the air and water of the cities I visited that probably goes some way to eliminating any potential survivors. Thanks for your post.

    joan egert said:
    November 11, 2015 at 3:53 am

    Good to know that there are still some Sparrows left after the “Four Pests Campaign”!

    joan egert said:
    November 11, 2015 at 1:13 am

    I also think as petrel41 that it is a tree Sparrow.

      margosnotebook responded:
      November 12, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      Yes, I’m thinking that is right.

    joan egert said:
    November 11, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Good to know that there is any Sparrow left after the “four pests campaign”!

    petrel41 said:
    November 11, 2015 at 12:23 am
      margosnotebook responded:
      November 12, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      It does look to be the same bird. Thanks very much for the link.

        petrel41 said:
        November 12, 2015 at 6:28 pm

        My pleasaure 🙂

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