The Dunnock is a quaint, oak-brown-coloured resident which can be observed throughout the whole of Britain, except the Shetland Islands, and can be seen at most times of the year. Because of its relatively bland colour, it does have the potential to be “brushed off” as a humble House sparrow – hence it is often labelled the “hedge sparrow”. However, whereas the House sparrow is a habitual loafer, preferring the company of others in multitude, and usually seen confidently perched up high, the Dunnock has a penchant for life as a ground-dweller.
Hence, as a very unobtrusive, ground-feeding bird, the Dunnock can often be seen creeping along the ground close to the cover of bushes, brambles, scrub and other forms of dense vegetation. It exhibits an almost secretive method of going about its daily business, in a somewhat shuffling manner.