Sparrows are commonly found in many places around the world. They have a prominent place in mythology and folklore, as well as being associated with both happiness and sadness. In this article, we will be going over some of the most interesting facts about these little birds that you may not know!
1) Sparrows can live for up to 20 years
Sparrows are one of the most common birds in North America, but you may not know how long they can live.
That’s because they usually only survive their first year after hatching. But if a sparrow manages to make it past that crucial period, then it can live for up to 20 years! And that means that when you see a sparrow flying around, there’s a chance it might have been alive since before you were born. Pretty cool, huh?
2) There are over 40 species of sparrow
You might think that the sparrow is a boring and common bird, but there are over 40 different species of them! The most common one we see in North America is the American Tree Sparrow, which has brown feathers and a white belly. They only live in forests or other wooded areas. Other types of sparrows include: rock sparrows, swamp sparrows, songbirds, juncos (which look like dark grey house finches), larkspurwhich ( have short beaks with black on top), mountain sparrows, snow buntings (grey birds with black heads), redpolls (smaller than snow buntings) and more!
3) Some people believe that if you see one single sparrow it means good luck
Some people believe that if you see one single sparrow it means good luck. This is a superstition that has been passed down for generations. It could be because the sparrow is seen as a symbol of Christ or even Jesus himself, and to see one would mean divine intervention in your life. Other people believe that the sight of this bird signals an impending death, which doesn’t seem very lucky at all! Still other cultures think seeing any type of bird signifies happiness- which seems much more likely than bad luck coming from just one sighting. One thing is certain: whether you are religious or not, there must be something about sparrows that sets them apart from other birds, otherwise, they wouldn’t have gained such notoriety over time.
4) Sparrows fly really fast
Sparrows are not just another bird that flies, but they are one of the fastest flying birds out there. “The sparrow is one of the swiftest and most agile of all living creatures.” This is because their wingspan ratio to body weight is about 1:5 which means that it has a lighter wing load than any other bird. They also have an average speed in flight ranging from 22-42 miles per hour. That’s faster than some car speeds! Not only can these little guys fly fast, but they can turn on a dime and even stop in midair when they feel like it. So next time you see a sparrow fly by, make sure to give them your utmost respect…they deserve it for flying so fast!