Do Sparrows Mate for Life?
Birds True Love

Sparrows are faithful birds who choose a partner and then mate with it for a lifetime. Read further to find out more about their love life.

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David A. Swanson

June 20, 2021

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This cheery, small bird is one of the most common birds of North America. Sparrows find comfort in residing in densely populated areas.

As they’re commonly known as ‘house’ sparrows, these are often seen near houses, residential apartments, parks, and all kinds of outdoor places where there is plenty of leftover food available for them.

The house sparrows live and mate with their romantic companion for a lifetime until one of them gets lost or dies. They do not get tired of mating with a single partner and are known as monogamous birds.

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Sparrows Are Monogamous

couple of sparrows sitting together

A commonly asked question amongst people is that “do sparrows mate with a single partner forever?”. The answer remains the same; yes, they do!

These small-sized birds are monogamous - for them, it is actually “till death do us apart” because most of them mate with a single partner forever, except for only a few of them who take part in extra-pair copulations.

The sparrows usually spend some time seeking a mate that suits their requirements, but once they find the right one, they choose to spend the rest of their lives together, making them very loyal.

However, if one of the two partners is lost, the other can be swiftly replaced.

Did You Know?

Sparrows have been seen preying on moths that are attracted to light, mostly at night.

The mating between two sparrows, in most cases, begins from January and can continue for a long period extending till July.

They engage in mating with a single partner, give birth to many young baby sparrows during each breeding season, and then raise them as a couple.

The Process of Courtship

two sparrows sitting on a branch together

This period of the romance between the two house sparrows is also known as courtship. It involves the male sparrow seeking a potential mate and a nesting spot simultaneously.

To lure a female sparrow towards the nesting site, he would be heard chirping loudly.

If a female sparrow appears and then tries to go back, the male sparrows then attempt to follow her till wherever she goes, to be able to attract her.

Fun Fact

House sparrows are sociable and friendly birds and are known for nesting in large groups

The male then further tries to seek attention in different ways, such as hopping around and flapping wings, in hopes of being able to attract the potential romantic partner.

The moment they find their mate, they begin to concentrate on the step where breeding happens next.

Usually, this starts in March and can continue till as long as August in rare instances. These chirpy, fluffy birds are not only known for being sociable but are also known for being affectionate and romantic.

Even though they are not lovebirds, yet they act like one.

sparrows sitting together

This is why, when they begin to engage in lovemaking, they can mate many times within a day while the male house sparrow protects the nesting site at the same time because they mate near the nesting spot only.

The house sparrows tend to protect the area around their nesting spot very furiously regardless of whether or not there is a threat to the environment. This is one reason why in North America, they’re considered super annoying.

Sparrows Relationship with Humans

a baby sparrow

Most of the birds usually feel uncomfortable around humans, and some of them cannot even eat in their presence without feeling skeptical or anxious.

However, the house sparrows are an exception in regards to this because they are mostly seen constructing their homes close to human habitats.

Did You Know?

In Asia, the tree sparrow, a species of sparrows, is more in numbers as compared to the house sparrows

These chirpy birds feel like they are at home around humans to such an extent that they can live around them for lasting periods.

Having said that, they feel familiar with humans; unfortunately, for humans, it is the other way around (at least in most cases).

Most people think of these birds as provoking, and one of the reasons could be that the sparrows constantly invade their privacy.

They are always seen near houses or at parks or food courts of shopping malls because they are constantly searching for leftovers.

sparrow near a birdbath

They even try to enter shopping malls by attempting to trigger the sensors of automatically opening doors to enter with people and in hopes of finding food as they actively seek discarded food.

Not only this, but their problematic behavior is seen within the homes of people as well. They make nesting spots within big boxes or spaces where they can hide and raise their babies.

Such behavior of sparrows often leads to the management of outdoor restaurants and shopping malls feeling troubled. They are always finding ways to either prevent these birds from coming or remove them from the areas where humans tend to spend their time peacefully.

Considering the problems caused by them, it is understandable that people find them a little pesky. However, it is not a very good idea to try to remove them from houses or outdoor restaurants or cafeterias without the help of professionals.

sparrow sitting on a branch

Professional bird management firms ensure the safety of birds while removing them, as they follow all the safety precautions needed to protect the sparrows from any potential harm.

You can also read about whether sparrows are aggressive or not in this post.

Are Sparrows an Aggressive or Territorial Bird Species?

House sparrows may look small but they become aggressive when dealing with intruders. Keep reading to find out more about their nature.

The Nesting Pattern of Sparrows

a plumped up sparrow sitting on a branch

Even though sparrows are commonly seen in North America and other continents, surprisingly, they have many stand-out features that set them apart from other birds.

Unlike other birds, these grey birds perch for approximately the entire year.

During the summer and spring seasons, they make use of the nest for the upbringing of their babies. On average, they can raise four baby sparrows within a single season.

Whereas, in the winter and fall seasons, they use their nests to relax in the day and sleep peacefully at night.

Did You Know?

Their average flying speed is 24 miles per hour, however, in the case of an emergency, they can increase their speed up to 31 miles per hour

They can make a nesting spot anywhere. It could be made within human habitats such as houses or buildings or in trees of a garden or yard.

Their nest is between 8 and 10 inches long, based on its outside measurement, and has a sphere-like shape. Both the partners construct the outer layer of the nest using materials such as small sticks, dry grass, leaves, and straws. However, the inner part of the nest is made using feathers or grass.

sparrows taking a bath together

Females start giving eggs about a week after the nest construction begins. The eggs are white or brownish. Usually, the females take care of the eggs until they hatch. This period continues for almost 12 days, and the off-springs come after almost 20 days of hatching.

Lastly, both the female and male sparrows give food to their young. After a certain period, the male birds continue feeding the baby sparrows while the females start nesting again.

With all this information, it is safe to say that these cheeky little birds play an equal role in the entire nesting process and don’t leave the work for either of the partners to be done.

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Why Do Sparrows Stay Loyal To Their Partner?

two sparrows sitting on a branch

The male sparrows think rationally as they start constructing a nest even when they haven’t found a partner.

The moment the male falls for a female bird, he attempts to lure her towards the nest by performing actions such as moving the wings and tail and showing off the patches of different shades on the plumage. These are the acts that the opposite sex finds attractive.

Following are the reasons why they only stick to a single mate for a lifetime.

1. Effort

It is time-consuming and energy-draining to find a partner. This is why they aim to put all their efforts in one go to avoid the hassle time and again.

2. To Improve Upbringing Skills

The more they mate and give birth to the young, the better they get at parenting. They spend an entire season taking care of their off-springs which enhances their upbringing skills.

3. To Increase The Lifespan

Sparrow couples spend a lot of time during the breeding seasons, and that has two advantages. It helps them give birth to more babies, which then tend to live longer.

a small sparrow is sitting near a cherry blossom tree

These plumped-up birds stay loyal to their partner because they strive hard to find the right one, and they do not want to let go of it because of the added benefits of being monogamous.

Keep Reading!

Sparrows mate with a single partner for a lifetime, usually from a young age. The male sparrows strive hard to find a female bird that they find the most attractive and then do their best to make her their partner.

Both the sparrows spend a lot of time during the breeding season. They nest during the entire year, raise off-springs and live together until death does them apart.

If you are interested in reading about other types of birds, read this post to find out whether pigeons mate for life or not.

Do Pigeons Mate for Life? Birds True Love

Very few birds form monogamous, lifelong bonds. Pigeons are one of them! Keep reading to explore more about the endearing, strong bond of pigeons.


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By David A. Swanson

Bird Watching USA

My name is David and I'm the the founder of Bird Watching USA! I started Bird Watching with My father-in-law many years ago, and I've become an addict to watching these beautiful creatures. I've learnt so much over about bird watching over the years that I want to share with the world everything I know about them!

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David A. Swanson

Bird Watching USA

My name is David and I'm the the founder of Bird Watching USA! I started Bird Watching with My father-in-law many years ago, and I've become an addict to watching these beautiful creatures. I've learnt so much over about bird watching over the years that I want to share with the world everything I know about them!



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