The house sparrow (Latin name: Passer domesticus) was the best known bird in the Netherlands for a long period of time.
Unfortunately, its population has decreased enormously. In urban areas, house sparrow populations have declined by a whopping 50-80% since the second half of the 1990s, and the species has been on the Red List of Dutch breeding birds since 2004. Help us to bring the house sparrow back to Amsterdam South!
House sparrows have the same habitats as humans. Like swifts, they breed in human-made structures: they build globular nests made of dried vegetation under roofs and in the cracks and crevices of buildings. If they are happy, they will stay in the same place for many years. Over the past years, the number of breeding sparrow pairs has dropped alarmingly in all large cities. We don’t know the exact reasons: is it due to a lack of insects? Too little nesting or sleeping opportunities? New homes without holes or crevices? Or are we simply too neat?
What can you do to help the sparrow?
What can you do to bring the sparrow back into your neighbourhood?
Here are a few tips:
Links for further inspiration
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds