House Sparrow (Male winter)
House Sparrow (Female)
House Sparrow (Male breeding plumage)
Scientific Name 
Passer domesticus
Arabic Name 
العصفور الدوري
Kuwaiti name 
15.0 cm
Least Concern


Abundant resident; breeds in Kuwait. The commonest urban bird, but also abundant at farms and houses in the countryside. In agricultural land many hundreds may gather. This bird is specially adapted to live near humans, a very successful species.
Where in Kuwait 
It is strongly associated with human habitations, and can live in urban or rural settings.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and in Europe, trends since 1980 show that populations have undergone a moderate decline. It is native to most of Europe, the Mediterranean region, and much of Asia. Its intentional or accidental introductions to many regions, including parts of Australia, Africa, and the Americas, make it the most widely distributed wild bird. Though found in widely varied habitats and climates, it typically avoids extensive woodlands, grasslands, and deserts away from human development. The 25 or 26 sub-species are divided into two groups, the Palaearctic domesticus group, and the Oriental indicus group.
Local threats 
Predation by the large number of domestic cats living in Kuwait.