• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

House Sparrow

(Passer domesticus)
 
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A House Sparrows in the dune scrub near Crissy Marsh.
Will Elder, NPS
 

Natural History: The House Sparrow is an introduced species to the Presidio. It eats primarily seeds, but also eats fruits and scraps. This species roosts in cavities and dense foliage and nests in holes in buildings, cliffs, and trees. It breeds in colonies.

General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in all developed areas and breeds within the Presidio grounds.

Frequency: This species is common all year.

Identifying Characteristics: The House Sparrow is brown above, with a light underside, a black throat and gray crown with white cheeks. It is a loud, cheeping bird.

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Did You Know?

Albert Sidney Johnston

Colonel Albert Sidney Johnston, commander of the Pacific branch of the army, prepared the defenses of the San Francisco Bay and ordered the first garrison of Fort Point. Kentucky-born Johnston then resigned his commission to join the Confederate Army; he was killed at the battle of Shiloh in 1862.