Scientific Name: Passer domesticus
The most common pest sparrow is the house sparrow, they were first introduced to the United States from England in 1850. They have spread throughout the entire U.S. including all of Missouri. House sparrows prefer to live in areas that are closer to people and therefore are most commonly found in urban areas and farmlands.
The house sparrow can grow to be about 6 ¼ inches in length from the tip of its bill to the top of its tail and they weigh about 1 ounce.
Male sparrows - The topside of males are chestnut brown in color, their underside a lighter grayish tan. Their throat is black, along with their upper breast. Their head is gray in color with whitish cheeks, and they have a single white wing bar.
Female sparrow - The topside of the female house sparrow is tan in color and they have dark reddish-brown wings. Their bill is yellowish in color and they have pale eyebrows. The underside of their body is a lighter tan in color.