|Spanish Sparrows with some House Sparrows (Martin Kelsey)|
|Spanish Sparrows (Martin Kelsey)|
|Sparrow flock (Martin Kelsey)|
Like other sparrows, and families like finches and buntings, the fresh plumage following the post-breeding moult makes the birds look rather dull, with just a suggestion of their striking spring attire. During the course of the autumn and winter months the fringes of the feathers wear off, revealing the bright nuptial colours below. As the pictures below show, it is a vivid transformation.
|Spanish Sparrow in fresh autumn plumage (Martin Kelsey)|
|Spanish Sparrow in worn spring plumage (John Hawkins)|