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Biology of the Ubiquitous House Sparrow: From Genes to Populations

Ted Anderson


After the chicken, the House Sparrow is the most widely distributed bird species in the world, occurring on all continents except Antarctica and on most human-inhabited islands. Although its Latin name is Passer domesticus, it is certainly not domesticated. In fact, it is widely regarded as a pest species and is consequently not protected in most of its extensive range. This combination of ubiquity and minimal legal protection has contributed to its wide use in studies by avian biologists throughout the world. This book reviews and summarizes the results of these global studies on House Sparro ... More

Keywords: Passer domesticus, circadian rhythm, annual cycle, reproductive strategy, flock-foraging strategy, sexual selection, disease transmission

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195304114
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304114.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ted Anderson, author
McKendree College in Illinois (Emeritus)