Eurasian Tree-sparrow

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Subject: Eurasian Tree-sparrow
From: Andy Burton <>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2016 02:58:12 +0000
I recall seeing them a number of years ago in Cowra, about 50 minutes drive 
from Young.. And there was a report of them at corner of Victor / Logan Sts, 
Cowra, in late 2014 (Bergmark et al, Birdline)


> On 23 Apr 2016, at 11:34 AM, Philip Veerman <> wrote:
> Hi Martin,
> Well that is a first. They are same genus as the House Sparrow, the type
> genus of the order passeriformes. So of course with a capital S and no
> hyphen. It is not like "Cuckoo-shrike". It should be Tree Sparrow or (at a
> stretch but not needed in Australia) Eurasian Tree Sparrow if you are
> concerned to avoid any confusion with the American Tree Sparrow species of a
> different family.
> Look up the internet on Tree Sparrow and you get huge confusion with other
> species and you get photos of all kinds of other birds for comparison
> including for example martins, bluebirds and kestrels!
> In many times passing through there, I have never seen Tree Sparrows in that
> area. As I studied the species for my thesis many years ago I still think I
> can pick them at 80 metres........ There are some around Albury and that is
> about the closest likely to our area. They are clearly nowhere near as good
> as spreading along human corridors as the House Sparrow is. I recommend,
> although it would cost a bit more but if you want to see the Tree Sparrow,
> go to Melbourne or better still lots of cities in Asia (well most of the few
> that I have been to), where they are probably the most common bird.
> Philip
> -----Original Message-----From: Birding-Aus
>  On Behalf Of Martin Butterfield
> Sent: Saturday, 23 April, 2016 9:16 AM        To: birding-aus NEW  Subject:
> [Birding-Aus] Eurasian Tree-sparrow
> I am going birding in Young NSW in a few days and in preparing for the trip
> have noticed Eurasian Tree-sparrow appears on lists from both eBird and
> BLA.  I would be interested in keeping an eye open for this species, but
> note that the eBird record dates from 1975!  Has anyone seen the Tree
> Sparrows in the Yung area more recently than that (say the last 5 years)?
> Martin Butterfield
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