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Old 10-22-2019, 04:22 AM
 
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Can we raise a house sparrow as a pet? As you know, they are really small and I'm not sure if they can be tamed? Is someone raising a house sparrow here?
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Old 10-22-2019, 07:23 AM
 
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it poops a lot
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Old 10-22-2019, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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Yes you can, but you would have to get one as a baby and hand-feed it to imprint on you. Not something you can just catch and tame easily. Check you local ordinances to ensure that there are no restrictions in owning one as some municipalities may have protections set. I know that house sparrows are common and not likely endangered anywhere in the US, but your local Game and Fish Commission (could be named differently in your area) may have such restrictions.
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Old 10-23-2019, 02:41 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Yes you can, but you would have to get one as a baby and hand-feed it to imprint on you. Not something you can just catch and tame easily. Check you local ordinances to ensure that there are no restrictions in owning one as some municipalities may have protections set. I know that house sparrows are common and not likely endangered anywhere in the US, but your local Game and Fish Commission (could be named differently in your area) may have such restrictions.
Be sure you can identify the actual species of this bird. If you are talking about the English sparrow, they are considered a nuisance nonnative species, so do not have the same legal protections as native species. Another option is a European starling...actually that might be a better choice as they are intelligent, mimics, have all sorts of interesting calls and snatches of songs, and are interesting social birds. Consider that the well known mynah is an Asian starling. You should still check with state and local agencies about catching and keeping non-domesticated birds as pets. Most state wildlife regulations are stepped down from federal law. Call a regional or local office of state Fish and Game to find out what's legal to possess. You might be able to get a chick (during nesting season of course) through a pest control service that removes starling nests from buildings.
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Old 10-30-2019, 04:08 AM
 
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Thanks all..got enough knowledge to make a final decision. Thanks for tipping about European starling.I'm looking forward to having that kind of bird...
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Old 11-06-2019, 07:46 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Or you could get a brown finch and it looks very much the same and is a domesticated bird.
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