Baby House Sparrow & European Starling Identification - The Raptor Trust

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Baby House Sparrow & European Starling Identification

If you have questions on species identification:

  • Please text the image, your name or agency and brief explanation of the situation to 908-581-8896 (TRT Cell).
  • If you don’t hear back from us then call our main # 908-647-2353 ext. 1
  • Please remember all baby birds can look similar, so photos with a size marker are encouraged.
  • Please use this resource to help identify House Sparrow & European Starling babies.

House Sparrows

Hatchling

  • No feathers, completely naked
  • Can be less than 1” long,
  • Naked Pink Skin
  • Sometimes have a black streak down their spine & wings

Nestling

  • Yellow or cream color flange
  • Brown pin feathers
  • Some pink skin visible
  • Naked bellies showing

Fledgling

  • Yellow Flange starting to turn
  • Brown feathers, fully in
  • Can still be squatty
  • Short brown tail

European Starlings

Hatchling

  • Bright yellow flanges
  • Pink Skin under the light grey down

Nestling

  • Bright yellow flanges
  • Dark grey pin feathers
  • Grey down

Fledgling

  • Beak is longer & narrow, cream color mouth corners
  • Downy tufts that look like eyebrows
  • Dark grey feathers, short tail
  • Long legs