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The Sparrow / Fat Sparrow
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Sparrow or Fat Sparrow. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

The Sparrow is a version of the Crane folded directly from a Preliminary Fold.

In Japan

As far as I know the Sparrow first appears in 'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda, which was published in Japan in 1931.


In the West

As far as I know the first appearance of the Sparrow in the West, under the title the 'Duck', is in Margaret Campbell's 'Paper Toy Making', which was published by Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons Ltd in London, probably in 1937, although both the Foreword and Preface are dated 1936, which argues that the book was complete at that date.