The hedge sparrow (also called the dunnock) is so named because its colour is similar to the female house sparrow. However, its fine bill shows that, unlike the sparrow, the hedge sparrow mainly eats invertebrates and small insects – like beetles, flies and aphids – rather than seeds.
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Photograph by Peter E. Smith
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