The Russet Sparrow (Passer rutilans) is also known as Cinnamon Tree Sparrow – russet referring to its dark brown colour of its plumage with a red-orange tinge. The species is sexually dimorphic – the male shown above and the female below.
It is found in parts of Eastern Asia and the Himalayas.
Avinash Sant’s video clip of these sparrows having a bath was documented in Sattal, Uttarakhand, India. It was posted on 20th March to commomerate World Sparrow Day (below).
Bathing is a way sparrows keep their feathers clean and in top condition. Other methods include sand bath, leaf bath, preening, sunning and anting.
21 March 2017
This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behavior through photography and videography to a wider audience.
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