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A dozen sparrow photos for #WorldSparrowDay

March 20th is World Sparrow Day, which was established 10 years ago by India’s Nature Forever Society. The day commemorates the House Sparrow and raises awareness for the species in its native range — Europe, Asia, and north Africa.

Of course, here in the Americas, House Sparrows are a big problem for native birds. But I think we can still celebrate our native sparrows, right? So here is a gallery of photos of 12 sparrow species from North America. Thanks to the contributors to our Reader Galleries for posting their images!

Bell's Sparrow

Bell's Sparrow

Larry Gridley shot this photo at the Salton Sea in southern California.

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Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall is the editor of BirdWatching magazine and He joined the staff of BirdWatching (formerly Birder’s World) in 2000 and has worn many hats over the years: reporter, story wrangler, photo editor, managing editor, and now editor. Originally from Omaha, he lives with his wife and two daughters in Milwaukee and holds a Bachelor’s in journalism from Marquette University. You can reach Matt at (617) 706-9098 and [email protected].

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