Densities may be as high as 3108-3367 birds/mi2 (1,200 - 1,300 individuals/km2) around dwellings associated with livestock; average of 518/mi2 (200/km2) in rural areas (Dyer et al. 1977).
House Sparrows probably live 1-3 years in the wild, to a maximum
years. (McLoughlin indicates that one captive sparrow lived
23 years. According to a UMBC Bluebird Trail paper, existing records
suggest that bluebirds can live up to 10
years in the wild,
although the average life span is 3 to 7 years.)
I did some math (note that I have not validated these numbers
average of 20 chicks per year per pair
50% of chicks survive (I've seen statistics of 40-60% mortality
Half of chicks are female, half male
(so 2 birds=1 pair), and they don't mind inbreeding
mate till year 2 (although they can reach sexual maturity at
9 mos. per McLoughlin)
they only mate for one year and then die
2 birds (one pair) could quintuple the population in one year, and could theoretically multiply to 1,250 birds in 5 years.
Year 1: 2 birds (one pair: one male, one female)
Year 2: 10 birds (first pair died, but produced 10 offspring that lived =
5 new pairs)
Year 3: 50 birds (5 pairs bred, produced 10 chicks per pair)
Year 4: 250 birds (25 pairs from previous year x 10 chicks per pair)
Year 5: 1,250 birds (125 pairs from previous year x 10 chicks per pair)
I don't even want to THINK of the worst case scenario.
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