Spearow are mostly brown, with slightly pinkish red wings. Its shoulders are black, but rarely visible due to its plumage. Spearow have a brown underbelly and noticeably large feet and talons. The feathers on its head are somewhat ruffled, giving Spearow what looks like a "spiky head." Its tail feathers and head plumage are both a dark shade of brown.
They eat insects in grassy areas by flushing them out with their stubby wings, and plucking at them with their beaks. Spearow are very territorial, constantly buzzing about and calling with a loud cry that can be heard from half a mile away. This cry serves to scare away predators and to keep in touch with other Spearow, though the latter is reserved as an alarm to its kind.
They are noted for being frail, for which they make up for with their "Mirror Move" ability.
In the anime
In the very first episode of the animated series (Pokémon, I Choose You!), series protagonist Ash Ketchum attempts to capture a Spearow right outside his hometown, Pallet Town, without his Pikachu's help; he only angers the Pokémon by hurling a pebble at it. Spearow calls out to its large flock, which pursue Ash and Pikachu. Pikachu eventually disperses the flock with massive Thunder, upon witnessing Ash's willingness to sacrifice his safety for Pikachu's. Ash must deal with the flock once more when he returns to Pallet Town, and realizes the Fearow leading the flock had been the Spearow he tried to catch. The flock reappeared in a flashback to that episode Ash had in Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.
In the manga
Spearow evolves into Fearow at level 20.
|Red/Blue||Routes 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23||Common|
|Yellow||Routes 3, 4, 9, 16, 18, 22||Common|
|Gold/Silver||Routes 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 22, 33, 42, 46, Trees, Randy||Common|
|Crystal||Routes 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 22, 33, 42, 46, Trees, Randy||Common|
|FireRed/LeafGreen||Routes 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, Treasure Beach, Mt. Ember, Cape Brink, Ruin Valley, Water Path, Canyon Entrance||Common|
|Diamond/Pearl||Route 225, 226||Common|
|HeartGold/SoulSilver||Routes 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 22, 33, 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, Trees, Safari Zone, Azalea Town||Common|
Side game locations
|Pokémon Trozei!||Endless Level 49, Endless Level 80, Forever Level 8, Mr. Who's Den|
|Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team||Mt. Steel (1F-4F), Pitfall Valley (4F-9F), Remains Island (B9F-B13F)|
|Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness||Mystifying Forest (B1F-B13F), Mystery Jungle (B1F-B29F)|
|Pokémon Ranger||Kisara Plains|
|Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia||Union Road, Peril Cliffs|
|Pokémon Rumble||Windy Prairie|
- Main article: Spearow/Learnset Generation I
- Main article: Spearow/Learnset Generation II
- Main article: Spearow/Learnset Generation III
- Main article: Spearow/Learnset Generation IV
|Leveling Generation VI|
|9||Fury Attack||15||85%||20||[[Move#Physical||Physical ]]|
|17||Aerial Ace||60||-%||20||[[Move#Physical||Physical ]]|
|21||Mirror Move||-||-%||20||[[Move#Status||Status ]]|
|37||Drill Peck||80||100%||20||[[Move#Physical||Physical ]]|
- English: "Spearow" comes from "S-pear" and "Spar-row."
- Japanese: オニスズメ (onisuzume in Romaji) from the Japanese words Oni (鬼) and Suzume (雀) which means sparrow.
- In the episode "Pokémon - I Choose You!" the Pokédex mistakenly states that Spearow is a more violent evolution of Pidgey.
- Pokémon.com Pokédex
- Serebii.net Pokédex data
- Legendary Pokémon data
- The Pokémon Database
- Pokémon Dream Pokédex data
- Psypokes Psydex data