Crown and occiput bluish ash; cheeks, and sides of the neck, grayish white: a transverse whitish bar on the wing.
F. domestica, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. I. p. 350. House Sparrow, Mont. Orn. Diet. Selb. Illust. vol. I. p. 298. pl. 54. f. 2. & 2*. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. I. p. 184.
Entire length six inches two lines: length of the bill (from the forehead) five lines and a half, (from the gape) seven lines; of the tarsus nine lines; of the tail two inches four lines; from the carpus to the end of the wing two inches eleven lines: breadth, wings extended, nine inches four lines.
(Male). Crown of the head, and occiput, bluish ash; space between the bill and the eye, throat, and fore part of the neck, deep black; above the eyes, and behind the ears, a band of reddish brown: cheeks,'sides of the neck, breast, and abdomen, grayish white: plumage on the back and wings dusky brown, edged with reddish; the latter with one transverse whitish bar: tail brown, edged with yellowish gray: bill bluish black: irides hazel: feet brown. (Female). Head and nape cinereous brown: above and behind the eye a yellowish streak: upper parts plain brown, darkest in the middle of the feathers: under parts grayish white, without any black on the throat and neck: bill much paler than in the male. Obs. White, and other varieties of this species are not unfrequent. (Egg). White; spotted and streaked with ash-colour and dusky brown: varies considerably in the number and in-tensity of the markings: long. diam. ten lines; trans, diam. seven lines.
Plentiful in all parts of the kingdom. Attached to the habitations of man. Food, grain and insects. Nest generally placed under the eaves of buildings, or in the holes of old walls; composed of hay and straw in large quantities and loosely put together, lined principally with feathers. Eggs five or six.