Or the Eurasian Tree Sparrow as it is now sometimes known, to distinguish it from the unrelated American Tree Sparrow. Slightly smaller than the related and more widely distributed House Sparrow. The chestnut cap and black spot on the white cheek are distinguishing characteristics.
This Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the 1980s.
A few weeks ago Canadian Tire, a national chain of stores selling a range of automotive, hardware and home products, started running a T.V. ad for their Christmas decorations. It briefly featured what looked like a C.G.I. Tree Sparrow.
Surely if you are going to pay someone to C.G.I. a bird in an ad for a company such as Canadian Tire you make sure that the species is native to North America.