Did you know that in Western Europe and especially Germany, this seemingly common backyard bird has declined so much that it is on the “Vorwarnliste” (pre-endangered species list/near threatened list) of the Red List? I promise that with my year-round feeding, I have managed to reestablish a small percentage of the “missing” sparrow population already. :-)
Diesmal zeige ich bei diesem tollen Projekt ein Foto das ich im Kurpark von Oberlaa in Wien fotografiert habe, ich nenne es “Aus der Sicht eines Haussperlings!”. Ich habe die Kamera ein paar Meter von mir entfernt…
Left: House Sparrow ~ Haussperling ~ Passer domesticus
Right: Black Redstart ~ Hausrotschwanz ~ Phoenicurus ochruros
Birding for beginners: In these pictures you can see the difference between granivorous (left) and insectivorous (right) birds. The difference is obvious when you look at the beak shape: Granivorous birds have stronger and stout beaks that are strong enough to crush the shells of the seed. The beaks of insectivorous birds are thin and pointed to facilitate the grasping of insects e. g. in the crevices of the bark of trees.