The Tree Sparrow is a very common bird that can be seen throughout England in woodlands, farmlands, orchards and parks. It is not a frequent visitor to gardens like the House Sparrow, but it will visit large gardens where it will sometimes take seeds from bird tables. It has a cheerful-sounding 'chip-chip-chip' song.
The Tree Sparrow is a small bird with a round head and a thick black cone-shaped bill. Its head is a rich chocolate-brown colour on top and its cheeks are white with a black patch. It has a black throat and a cream-coloured chest. The upper part of its body is a reddish brown colour. The male and the female look very similar in appearance.
Tree Sparrows are quite shy birds that take food from the ground and from trees. Their diet mainly consists of seeds from different types of grass and cereal crops such as barley and wheat. They also eat insects and caterpillars. Tree Sparrows are sociable birds which will join flocks of House Sparrows in winter.